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'ume 72, Number 3 • Summer 2001 


A Message from the President 

We want our students 

to be inspired by and 

actively engaged in 

a quest for civic renewal 

in the United States, 

and we expect that they 

will carry this involvement 

with them when they 

leave our campus. 

Ed Noie: Portions of this 
message were excerpted from 
President Miihlenfeld's Public 
Diary on November 3. 2000 
(Day Five), as part of the 
President's Public Diary project 
of the Journal of College and 
Character, October 30- 
November 10. 2000. This, and 
the eleven other entries, 
may be accessed online at or at 
www. sbcnews. edu 

olitics is a Good Thing" is the motto 
of the Center for Governmental 
Studies at the University of Virginia 
whose founder/director. Professor Larry Sabato, 
will keynote our Centennial/Founders" Day Center 
for Civic Renewal Symposium on Sept. 21. 
Unfortunately, however, much of America appears 
to disagree: despite the most costly presidential 
election in history, half of all ehgible American 
voters stayed home in November 2000. In fact, 
more individuals viewed the Super Bowl on tele- 
vision than went to the polls. 
Membership in traditional 
civic groups is both shrinking 
and graying as television and 
the Internet replace active, 
face-to-face participation in 
community organizations. 

All of these facts of civic 
engagement (or lack thereof) 
in 2 T' century America were 
cited by speakers at the Sweet 
Briar College Winter Forums 
2001. Today, one speaker 
noted, it's easier to dissemi- 
nate a mass mailing or an e- 
mail "blast" directly to hun- 
dreds of thousands of people, 
when one wants to effect 
change. These approaches are 
quick, and often successful in the short run, but 
they do nothing to make us feel a part of some- 
thing larger than ourselves. 

The decline in civic engagement troubles me. 
At Sweet Briar, we ha\e recently launched a 
Center for Civic Renewal, whose academic com- 
ponent is a program in Law and Society. The 
Center is designed to foster civic engagement, and 
to explore the role of citizens in the public sphere. 
We want our students to be inspired by and active- 
ly engaged in a quest for civic renewal in the 
United States, and we expect that they will carry 

this involvement with them when they leave our 

One of the strengths of small liberal arts col- 
leges like Sweet Briar is that individuals still make 
a difference. For a play, a lecture, an art exhibit, 
or an athletic event to be successful here requires 
a larger critical mass of Sweet Briar's community 
than would be the case on a larger campus. Our 
fully residential campus means that a chemistry 
major may room with a theatre major, and a 
lacrosse player may dine with a fencer or the pres- 
ident of a political club. While this synergy could, 
of course, occur on a bigger campus, members of 
the Sweet Briar Class of 200 1 display an amazing 
achievement across disciplines and co-curricular 
activities. Recent graduates include a Phi Beta 
Kappa chemistry major who has won awards in 
studio art. a talented pianist equally accomplished 
as an equestrienne; and a gifted student actress 
and singer soon to begin a promising position as a 
software developer. These outcomes result from a 
pattern of engagement that starts from day one at 
Sweet Briar College, perhaps the reason that it 
was ranked number one nationally in a recent sur- 
vey in student interaction with faculty in the sen- 
ior year. 

Many of the most pressing problems we as 
human beings face globally in the next decades 
are what used to be called "women's issues": edu- 
cation, poverty, child care, health care, and the 
host of issues related to an aging population. We 
have made progress, but as 2001 Commencement 
speaker Patricia Ireland noted, progress is not irre- 
versible: progress is not inevitable. 

If we are to continue making headway in these 
areas, women will lead the way. So it seems fitting 
for a women's college to take a leading role in 
highlighting ways for Americans to re-engage. 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Summer 2001 • Vol. 72, No. 3 

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Louise Swiecki Zingoro '80. Director, 

Alumnae Association, Managing Editor, AJumnae 

Ann MocDonold Carter '97, Associate Director 
Melisso Coffey Fitz '98. Assistant Director 
Joon Lucy, Assistant Director. Centennial 

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Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine Production 

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A Message from the President 

2 Centennial Gala Extrovaganzo 

4 Centennial Awards Ceremony 

13 Centennial Chapel Service 

16 Getting Engaged: Sweet Briar 
Embraces the Challenge of Civic 

by Mary Molyneux Abrams '86, 
President, Little Pond Productions, Inc. 

34 Commencement 2001 

38 Sweet Briar Travel Program 2002 

39 Alumnae Return for Summer 
Alumnae College 

40 Reunion 2001 

45 Reunion Service of Remembrance 

47 Outstanding Alumna Award: 
Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 

49 Au Revoir to Five Retirees, May 2001 

5 1 Letters 

52 Bulletin Board 

53 Spotlight 
55 Class Notes 
92 Recent Deaths 


In the Sweet Briar Tradition: First 
Recipients of Irene Mitchell Moore 
Endowed Scholarship for the 
for Civic Renewa 

David Abrams 


Our area code has been 
chonged to 434. The old 

code will no longer be 
valid OS of January 2002 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Photos © David Abrams, except as noted 


Professor Carlos Colle (physics), Sally Ride, President Muhlenfeld chat before Dr. Ride's presenta- 
tion, moved to Amherst County High School to accommodate the large audience. Professor Calle 
introduced Dr. Ride. 

Leah Sotivan '01, SGA president, wel- 
comes guests to Gala Night. 



Many "danced the night a^ay" in Prothro to Johnny 
McClenon's* Big Band. (*aka Professor of Chemistry John 

Some revelers chose to be outdoors. 

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Beautiful floral displays were The Food Services Staff outdid themselves. A 

everywrhere. little shrimp, anyone? 

Gala Night brought everyone togethei^-and climaxed in a true "blaze of glory" 
with fireworks that were seen for miles around. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College 



Saturday, April 21, 2001 

4:00 p.m. 

Babcock Auditorium 

Created by action 
of the Centennial 
Commission, the 
Centennial Award 
recognizes faculty, 
staff, alumnae, and 
friends who through 
their dedication and 
commitment have 
''had a significant 
impact on Sweet Briar 
College and/or the 
Sweet Briar 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro "80, Director 
of the Alumnae Association and 
Chair of Centennial Events, wel- 
comed all participants and guests to the 
Centennial Awards Ceremony and thanked 
the members of the Centennial Awards 
Committee, composed of faculty, staff, 
administration, and alumnae for their 
thoughtfulness and hard work. She noted 

"As you can imagine, this was no easy 
task. A call for nominees was issued to the 
entire Sweet Briar Community through the 
Alumnae Magazine. The committee met 
several times to review and then vote on 
the final slate, which was then forwarded 
to the senior staff for approval. The indi- 
viduals selected symbolize the groups 
important to the College: faculty, staff, 
alumnae, and friends. They represent many 
others who are also very deserving of our 
thanks and recognition." 

Louise then turned the proceedings over 
to President Muhlenfeld. 

President Muhlenfeld: 

"I am delighted to be with you today 
and to have the honor of introducing our 
award recipients. When our selection com- 

mittee began its task, it had one hundred 
years of the College's history to scan, and 
therefore hundreds of distinguished faculty, 
staff members, alumnae, and members of 
our various Boards of Directors to consider 
as potential award recipients. 

"They quickly realized that virtually 
everyone who had been nominated would 
make a worthy recipient. So very many 
people have given their talent, their time, 
their love and affection to Sweet Briar 
College. The people we recognize today 
are therefore special indeed — special in 
their own right, and special because they 
represent so many others who have lived 
and worked beside them in service to this 
beloved institution. 

"I am honored and delighted to be 
joined by our distinguished Centennial 
Lecturer, Dr. Sally Ride, who will present 
the awards to our recipients. Each recipient 
will receive a bronze medal, very much 
like the Presidential Medal I received when 
1 was inaugurated, but in the shape of our 
Centennial Logo. Only 22 of these have 
been struck; there will never again be 
Centennial Awards given. We'll proceed in 
alphabetical order." 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www 

Dr. Jane C. Belcher 

The late Jane Belcher taught biology at 
Sweet Briar College from 1940 until her 
retirement in 1975 when she was awarded 
the title of Professor Emerita. A graduate of 
Colby College in Maine, she earned an 
M.A. from Columbia University and the 
Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, both 
in zoology. She served as instructor in biol- 
ogy at Colby College for three years before 
coming to Sweet Briar. 

In 1972. Jane was the first faculty mem- 
ber to be appointed Dorys McConnell 
Duberg Professor of Ecology. In a letter 
informing Mr. John Duberg. donor of the 
professorship, of the appointment. Sweet 
Briar President Harold B. Whiteman. Jr. 
stated, "Dr. Belcher has been the driving 
force and center pole of much of our recent 
activity and planning in the area of environ- 
mental studies." (Jane was so far ahead of 
her time that we have only now finally real- 
ized her dream of a major collegewide ini- 
tiative in environmental .science.) She was 
director of the College Science 
Improvement Program that expanded envi- 
ronmental studies through a grant from the 
National Science Foundation, and also 
headed a project for environmental studies 
in cooperation with Lynchburg College and 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College. 

Jane's forward-looking and innovative 
ideas were set forth in proposals that 
received support from the U.S. Office of 
Education, and private sources, in addition 
to the National Science Foundation. In 
1972. under a grant from the Latin 
American Institute, she published, with 
Julia Mills Jacobsen"45, "Consortia: Two 
Models, Guides to Inter-College 

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Cooperation." The Belcher-Jacobsen team 
also co-authored the 1976 book, A Process 
for the Development of Ideas. The State 
Agency of Virginia for Title I supported a 
project which led to this publication. 

A dedicated teacher. Jane was also an 
encouraging mentor and good friend to her 
students during and after their Sweet Briar 

— Jane 's Award was accepted by her 
brother, Stephen Belcher 

Alice Gary Farmer Brown '59 

Alice Cary Brown, one of Sweet Briar's 
most active, energetic, and enthusiastic vol- 
unteers, has been outstanding in her service 
to the College. A member of Sweet Briar's 
Board of Directors for 16 years (1978- 
1994), she served for many years on its 
Executive Committee, and was the first 
alumna to chair the Board's key 
Development Committee. She also served 
on the Alumnae Board as chainnan of 
Region VI. 

She received Sweet Briar's 1996 
Outstanding Alumna Award. At the presen- 
tation, it was noted that she "has supported 
Sweet Briar in every way... working on 
Sweet Briar's behalf at 

Alice Cory Form, 

er Brown '59 

the local, national, and international levels, 
mostly in the critical area of fund-raising — 
an area that many shy away from as an oner- 
ous task. Alice Cary has made fund-raising 
'fun.' Her wamith, sparkle and enthusiasm 
infect all around her." 

A fund agent for her class, she was a 
leadership donor and Reunion Gifts 
Committee member many times, and has 


served as national chairman of the Annual 
Fund. Member of The Sweet Briar Circle, 
The President's Circle, The Boxwood 
Circle, and The Indiana Fletcher Williams 
Associates, she also contributed greatly to 
the Honors Program and Science Initiative. 
But her crowning achievement is her chair- 
manship of the phenomenally successful 
five-year Campaign for Sweet Briar 
College, which exceeded its goal of $35 
million by $3.5 million. As a campaign 
kick-off gift, Alice Cary and her husband 
Lee established the Sara Shallenberger 
Brown Chair in English in honor of Lee's 
mother. Class of 1932. 

Alice Cary and Lee have a married 
daughter and two sons. 

— Unfortunately a prior commitment 

prevented Alice Cary from being present at 

the Awards Ceremony 

Dr. Virginia Upchurch Collier '72 

Dr. Katherine Upchurch 
Tokvorion '72 

Two awards were presented together as it 
was unanimously agreed that one sister 
could not receive this award without the 
other. Ginger Upchurch Collier and Kathy 
Upchurch Takvorian are identical twins. As 
students, they were joint Manson Scholars 
and joint recipients of the James Lewis 
Howe Award of the Virginia Blue Ridge 
Section of the American Chemical Society. 
Both were very active in campus life — they 
played varsity tennis and basketball, sang in 
the choir, and were Sweet Tones and cam- 
pus guides for the admissions office. 

Both have made many contributions to 
their communities and to Sweet Briar 
College, have been active in the Alumnae 
Association, and have continually served as 
mentors for Sweet Briar students. They 
have worked for Sweet Briar at the class and 
the national level and were co-chairs of their 
class' Reunion Gifts Committee for the 15th 
Reunion. During the 1990s Campaign for 
Sweet Briar College, both served on the 
Campaign Leadership Committee and were 
co-chairs of the Science Initiative which led 
to the development of the College's position 
of strength in the sciences. 

In 1990, the twins were co-recipients of 
one of the College's highest honors, the 
Distinguished Alumna Award. 

Ginger and Kathy are the daughters of 
the late Dr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Upchurch 
(Ann Samford '48). The Samuel E. 

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Kofherine Upchurch Tokvo, 

Upchurch Wing of the Guion Science 
Center was a gift from Ann and her chil- 
dren. The twins' grandmother was Hattie 
Mae Samford in whose honor the Hattie 
Mae Samford Chair in History was 

Dr. Virginia Upchurch Collier '72 

Ginger Coiher graduated summa cum 
laude, with highest honors in chemistry, and 
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received 
her M.D. in 1976 from Johns Hopkins 
School of Medicine, where she also did her 
residency in internal medicine, and a fel- 
lowship in nephrology. Following that, she 
was in private practice in internal medicine 
and nephrology. Currently she is vice chair 
of the Department of Medicine, and 
Residency Program Director at Christiana 
Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. 

Ginger has won many professional hon- 
ors including the Upjohn Award for Clinical 
Achievement, recognizing her as the best 
clinician in the Johns Hopkins graduating 
class. She has authored numerous medical 
publications, has been honored by the 
American College of Physicians and serves 
as governor of that organization's Delaware 

At Sweet Briar, Ginger was president of 
Tau Phi. As an alumna, she has served on 
the Board of the Alumnae Association as 
chair of the Golden Stairs Committee. 

Ginger is maixied to physician Tom 
Collier; they have three children, Ann, 
Katherine, and Louisa. 

nan '72 

Dr. Katherine Upchurch 
Takvorian '72 

Kathy Takvorian graduated sitninui cum 
laude with highest honors in chemistry and 
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned 
her M.D. from Duke University in 1976, 
then did her internship and residency in 
internal medicine at the University of 
Texas — Southwestern (Parkland Hospital), 
followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at 
Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently 
she is associate chief of the Department of 
Rheumatology and also associate professor 
at University of Massachusetts Memorial 
Health Care. 

Kathy has been honored as a fellow of 
the American College of 
Physicians, American Col- 
lege of Rheumatology, and 
the Arthritis Foundation. Her 
publications include articles 
in the New England Journal ■ 
of Medicine and the Journal 
of American Academic 
Dermatology and book 
chapters in the Textbook of 
Rheumatology and Intensive 
Care Medicine. 

As a student. Kathy was 
an Emilie Watts McVea 
Scholar (the top-ranking 
member of her class) and 
chairman of the Judicial 
Board. She has served on the 
College's Board of Directors and in 1995 
gave Sweet Briar's Commencement 
Address. Kathy and her physician husband, 
"Tak" Takvorian, have three children, Sam, 
Kate, and Sarah. 

Dr. Lucy Shepard Crawford 

The late Lucy Crawford was a longtime 
professor of philosophy, joining the Sweet 
Briar faculty upon completing her Ph.D. in 
1923 from Cornell University, where she 
had also earned her A.B. degree. She spent 
her entire teaching career here and was one 
of the original members of the Committee 
on the Honors Plan of Study. She helped 
establish the course on Classical 
Civilization, and gave long-term service as a 
representative on the College Council. For 
many years until her retirement in 1956, she 
was chairman of the Department of 
Philosophy. Psychology and Education. 

In 1959 at the College's 50th 
Commencement, an endowment was 
announced for the Lucy Shepard Crawford 
Professorship of Philosophy. The Class of 
1934, of which she was an honorary mem- 
ber, gave a special gift to this fund. The 
Alumnae Magazine stated, " 'Miss Lucy'as 
Dr. Crawford is called, is known to Sweet 
Briar students and alumnae since 1923 as a 
teacher of philosophy. But they remember 
her too as mother confessor, defender of the 
miscreant and misunderstood, baker of 
philosopher's bread, gardener, adored 
friend, and loved by all who know her well." 
Lucy was renowned for her personal 
concern for those in need, and had a strong 
impact on the Amherst and Lynchburg com- 
munities as well as the College. She served 
as chairman of 
the Amherst 
County Public 
Health and Wel- 
fare Council and 
in many other 
civic organiza- 

tributes to her are 
contained in the 
book. The Best of 
Lucifer, a collec- 
tion of writings 
by and about her 
edited by the late 
Julia Sadler de 
Coligny '34 and 
published in 
1969 by Helen Murchison Lane' 46. 

— Lucy Crawford's Award was accepted 
by Dean of the College George Lenz 

Dr. Lucy Shepard Crawford 

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Carolyn Davis 

At the Spring 2000 Recognition 
Luncheon honoring Sweet Briar staff mem- 
bers for length of service. Mrs. Carolyn 
Davis won accolades and sustained 
applause for 40 years of continuous, dedi- 
cated service to the College. 

Now well into her 41' year in our 
Houskeeping Department. Carolyn .sets an 
example for evei7one privileged to know 
her as she goes her daily rounds of caretak- 
ing with cheer, ready to meet any situation 
which may arise with aplomb. A problem- 
solver par excellence, she finds no task too 
onerous, no request too difficult to fulfill. 

The day's work begins early for Carolyn, 
who arrives a good two hours before any 
other staff members walk through the doors 
of the development and public relations 
offices. Boxwood Alumnae 
House or the Sweet Briar 
Museum. By 8:30 a.m., all is 
ready, in good order for the day. 

By 9;00, she is at Sweet 
Briar House, where she stays 
until mid-afternoon. As 
housekeeper and gracious 
hostess at Sweet Briar 
House, she has ministered to 
three Sweet Briar College 
presidents, their families 
and guests, and touring 
visitors, all of whom have 
been warmed by her car- 
ing presence. President 
Muhlenfeld's household 
includes two endearing 
"Elinor" and "Guinevere." who go into deep 
depression on those rare occasions when 
Carolyn can't come at the regular time. 
They, like everybody else at Sweet Briar, 
are so grateful for her truly exceptional 
smile that they are even willing to take her 


for walks around the campus every day. 

Carolyn's contributions to the College go 
well beyond the workday. She has also 
given us a recent alumna: her daughter, 
Yolanda Lynn Davis Saunders "96, who was 
mairied in Sweet Briar's Memorial Chapel 
in June 2000. 

Dr. Ernest Preston Edwards 

Ernest "Buck" Edwards, Williams 
Associate and Dorys McConnell Duberg 
Professor of Ecology Emeritus, taught biol- 
ogy at Sweet Briar from 1965 until his 
retirement in 1 990. He was appointed to the 
chaired professorship in 1977. Buck built a 
superb program in ornithology and ecology 
which featured outdoor laboratories on the 
College's 3,300 acre wooded campus and 
one of the largest and most varied bird and 
mammal collections in the Commonwealth. 
Buck earned his bachelor's degree from 
the University of Virginia and his master's 
and doctorate from Cornell University. A 
well-known ornithologist, he is the author 
of numerous publications on birds, includ- 
ing the first single volume checklist of birds 
of the world ever published. Before joining 
Sweet Briar's faculty, he was professor of 
biology and head of the biology department 
at the University of the Pacific. Earlier, he 
taught at the University of Kentucky, served 
in the United States armed forces, taught at 
Hanover College in Indiana and was associ- 
ate director of the Houston Museum of 
Natural History. He has also been a nature 
photographer and lectur- 
er for the 
Society. In 
1997, he was 
honored by the 
P e a b o d y 
Roundtable at 
Va n d e r b i 1 1 
University for his 
exceptional con- 
tributions to the 
field of education. 
No one knows 
the Sweet Briar 
campus better than 
Buck, who grew up 
here as one of three sons of the late Dr. 
Preston Edwards, professor of physics at 
Sweet Briar from 1927-1943. Buck and his 
late wife, Mabel, lived on campus for many 
years. His Reunion early-morning bird 

walks are a perennial favorite event for 

Dr. Judith Elkins 


The late Judy Elkins taught mathematics 
at Sweet Briar from 1975 until her retire- 
ment in 1997 as the Charles A. Dana 
Professor of Mathematical Sciences. Prior 
to coming to Sweet Briar, she was an assis- 
tant professor at Ohio State University 
(1968-1975): assistant professor at Rutgers 
University (1967-1968); assistant professor 
at California State University, San Diego 
(1966-1967); and instructor at Mount 
Holyoke College (1960-1963). She held a 
B.A. from Wellesley College; an M.A. from 
Harvard University; and a Ph.D. from the 
University of Wisconsin. 

Dr. Judith Elkins 

Judy was the recipient of numerous 
grants and awards, including the prestigious 
William C. Lowry Award from the Virginia 
Council of Teachers in Virginia. In 1978, 
she was director of the computer conversion 
project at Sweet Briar under a grant from 
the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She also 
received two awards for outstanding and 
excellent teaching, indicative of the respect 
her students had for her. 

She was the first and only woman ever 
elected to the Amherst County Board of 
Supervisors, becoming the chairperson of 
the Boaid of Supervisors in 1996. She also 
served on the Amherst County School 
Board and Planning Commission and was 
an activist on important issues such as edu- 
cation, economic development, employ- 
ment, and county services. 

Judy's two daughters graduated from 
Sweet Briar, Debra Elkins in 1993 and 
Rachel Elkins Thompson, currently a mem- 

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Summer 2001 • 7 

President Emerita Meta Glass 

ber of Sweet Briar's admissions staff, in 

— Judy Elkins' Award was accepted by 
her husband. Biyce Elkins 

President Emerita Meta Glass 

The late Meta Glass was president of 
Sweet Briar College from 1925 to 1946. A 
graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, she earned the Ph.D. from 
Columbia University. After retirement, she 
continued on the Boaid of Overseers for 1 2 
years. The Board noted that under her pres- 
idency. Sweet Briar was nationally recog- 
nized for academic excellence and that sig- 
nificant developments she had overseen 
included her introduction of the Honors 
Plan of Study, comprehensive examina- 
tions, and the Junior Year at St. Andrews. 
"Her special concern for the Library as the 
intellectual center of the campus resulted in 
Fergus Reid's magnificent gift to the 
College of the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library, and the remarkable and continuing 
growth of its collection. The Daisy Williams 
Gymnasium, the Book Shop, and facuhy 
houses were also added." 

President Glass' leadership in national 
organizations brought wide recognition to 
her and to Sweet Brian She was president of 
the American Association of University 
Women and the Association of American 
Colleges, and a leader in the International 
Federation of University Women and other 
organizations. Eight institutions awarded 
her honorary degrees, including Columbia 
and Brown Universities. 

Her death in 1967 was noted in the 
Congressional Record of the United States 
and the following comments from The 

Dr. Milan E. Hapala 

Richmond Times Dispatch were printed in 
the record: "Dr. Meta Glass was one of the 
foremost educators of her time, and also one 
of the great personalities... Under her guid- 
ance, the college [Sweet Briar] was raised to 
a scholastic level commensurate with that of 
other leading women's colleges in the 
nation. . .Her going removes one of the fore- 
most Virginians of her generation." 

— President Glass' Award was accepted 
liy her great-great-nephew Scott Glass 

Dr. Milan E. Hapala 

The late Milan Hapala came to Sweet 
Briar in 1947 as instructor in government 
and economics and forged a remarkably 
successful career here until his retirement in 
1990 as the Carter Glass Professor of 
Government. To honor his retirement and 
their commencement, the Class of 1990 
invited him to deliver their Commencement 

Milan came to the United States from his 
homeland of Czechoslovakia in 1938 to 
attend Beloit College in Wisconsin, where 
he received his B.A. degree in 1940 and was 
inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. A year later, 
he completed his master's degree at the 
University of Nebraska. He began graduate 
work at Duke University, which was inter- 
rupted when he joined the U.S. Army Air 
Corps during World War IL He later 
returned to his studies, earning the Ph.D. 
from Duke University, where he met and 
married his wife, Adelaide. 

In 1967 he won Sweet Briar's 
Kampmann Distinguished Teaching Award. 
In 1973 he was nationally honored as an 
Outstanding Educator of the Year, and in 
1985 he was honored as the first recipient of 

Dr. Mary Harley 

Sweet Briar's Excellence in Teaching 
Award, established by the Student 
Government Association. Milan was the 
recipient of many other awards and honors 
including the Distinguished Service 
Citation from Beloit. His research grants 
included Fulbright. Carnegie, and Sweet 
Briar Faculty Fellowships. 

Milan was known as one of the relative- 
ly few American political scientists quali- 
fied to teach courses in comparative govern- 
ment as they should be taught. In the Sweet 
Briar community he was held in the highest 
regard as a master teacher, distinguished 
colleague, and excellent friend. 

-Milan 's Award was accepted by his 
wife. Adelaide Hapala 

Dr. Mary Harley 

Dr. Harley was the first college physician 
and one of the original faculty members of 
the College, serving from 1906 to 1935. She 
received her M.D. degree from Women's 
Medical College of New York Infirmary. 
She remained as college physician and pro- 
fessor of physiology and hygiene until her 
retirement in 1935. Before coming to Sweet 
Briar, she had three years of hospital expe- 
rience, four years of private practice, and 
was one of the physicians at Vassar College 
for six years. 

Dr. Harley was fond of remarking that 
during the years she served the College, she 
knew the heartbeat of every Sweet Briar 
girl. She devoted a large part of her life to 
the College and thought of Sweet Briar as 
her family. Her generous contributions 
helped make possible the building of Sweet 
Briar's Infinnary. She helped to plan it and 
moved campus health care into the new 

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building when it was ready in 1925. The 
Infirmary was formally named for her in 

A letter from the Board upon Dr. 
Harley's retirement stated: "Upon your 
work and counsel from the very first days of 
the College has the health and morale of this 
institution been built. The Board feels that 
the remarkable health record has been due 
to your untiring service, skill and efficiency. 
You have been a source of strength through- 
out the years — a real inspiration in the art of 
living cheerfully and courageously." 

After retirement. Dr. Harley pursued 
studies in anthropology. She traveled exten- 
sively and made several trips to 
Johannesburg and the Transvaal Museum to 
work with world-famous paleontologist Dr. 
Robert Broom. 

— Dr. Harley 's Award was accepted by 
Dean of the College George Lenz 


Addie L. Martin 

Mrs. Addie Martin was a member of 
Sweet Briar's food service staff for 46 years 
(1950-1996). And for the last 30 years of 
her career, from 1966 until retirement, she 
served as supervisor. After all those years of 
daily contact with the campus community 
one, two, three times daily in the dining 
room, she probably knows more alumnae 
and faculty /staff members (retired and cur- 
rent) than anyone else in the world — she 
knows them well, and she remembers them. 

Addie lives on campus, so she was 
always on the job. regardless of weather: it 
might have been raining or snowing or icing 
up outside, but she made the sun shine with 
her warm smile and genuine interest in how 
each individual's day was going. She greet- 
ed everyone coming into the Refectory, and 
later into Prothro Commons, b\ name. 

When alumnae have returned for 
Reunion, she has greeted them by name, and 
with interest in what they are doing, how 
their children are faring, what news they 
have. She still comes for Reunion, and if 
alumnae don't spot her immediately at her 
post, they seek her out: "WHERE'S 

Many alumnae responding to the 
Centennial questionnaire mentioned Addie 
as someone important to their Sweet Briar 
experience. A 1988 alumna wrote: "She 
really brightened the days for people at 
Sweet Briar." 

Her amazing memory for long ago and 
not-,so-long-ago Sweet Briarites is proof 
positive of the sense we have of the ongoing 
community that is Sweet Briar. And she 
makes certain that we all know that you can 
"come home again." Thank you, Addie, for 
letting us come home again. 

Margaret (Peggy) Sheffield 
Martin '48 

One of Sweet Briar's leading volunteers, 
Peggy Martin was the recipient of Sweet 
Briar's Outstanding Alumna Award in 1990 
with these words: "Today the Alumnae 
Association honors one of its own who has 
assured the continuance and sustenance of 
Miss Indie's dream." 

Because of her acumen, executive abili- 
ties and abiding interest in the College, she 
was asked to become a member of Sweet 
Briar's Board of Overseers in 1980. In 
1984, she was elected to the Board of 
Directors, served as secretary of the Board's 
Executive Committee from 1985 to 1988, 
and chaired the Board's Admissions 
Committee. She also served on the 
Executive Board of the Alumnae 
Association (1973-1977) and chaired its 

Finance Committee. She is a founding 
member of The President's Circle, a lifetime 
member of The Boxwood Circle and an 
Indiana Fletcher Williams Associate. 

She worked tirelessly to help raise over 
$15 million during the Generations 
Campaign, which ended in 1985. During 
the years of The Campaign for Sweet Briar 
College, she and her late husband Tom co- 
chaired the Committee to Endow the 
Honors Program, which led to the remark- 
able expansion of that program. 

Peggy served her class as Reunion Gifts 
Co-Chair for the 35th Reunion and was a 
leadership donor for 1948's 35th, 40th. and 
50th Reunions. She was class president 
from 1968-1973. 

The backbone of Sweet Briar's Atlanta 
Alumnae Club, she has held every club 
office over the years and has always been on 
call as a supporter and consultant. In addi- 
tion to her work for Sweet Briar, Peggy is 
extremely active in civic life in Atlanta. 

Helen McMahon '23 

"Helen Mac" has impacted just about 
every facet of Sweet Briar life since she 
arrived as a freshman in 1919. Always eye- 
ing the future, she was an early Williams 

Executive secretary of the Alumnae 
Association (1938-1947), she next managed 
the Book Shop until retirement (1947- 
1971). Even after she retired — retired in 
theory, at least — she remained actively 
involved, working closely with Ann 
Whitley, Class of '47, to create the Sweet 
Briar Museum; assisting with Strategic 
Planning sessions in 1988, and opening her 
home to alumnae and other visitors. 

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In 1974, Helen Mac received the 
Outstanding Alumna Awaid. Enumeration 
of her many contributions included praise 
for her Book Shop regime, building new 
quarters while continuing support of the 
scholarship program. "She made the Book 
Shop a home away from home for the entire 
community, alumnae, pai'ents, and guests." 

As pillar of the Amherst County Sweet 
Briar Club, she provided ideas and muscle 
for everything from bake sales to house 
tours to buffet lunches. She was called upon 
to decorate Sweet Briar House and Wailes 
Center, meet planes, carry people to hospi- 
tals and doctors, man booths on Amherst 
County Day and at the Christmas Bazaar, 
assist in fire drills... And she was 1923's 
fund agent. 

One of her most endearing gifts provid- 
ed some of our liveliest, most loyal alum- 
nae. She had such a magnetic effect every 
summer on girls at Camp Allegheny, then at 
Camp Glen Laurel, which she started, that 
over a period of years each new class 
included many Helen Mac devotees. This 
she did not by "recruiting," but by being 
herself. It is this self that she has given to 
her College in rich measure. 

— Although Helen Mac could not be 

with us today, she will be celebrating her 

99th birthday on Monday. April 23rd. 

Her Award was accepted by her niece. 

Mary Utt. 

J. Wilson Newman 

J. Wilson Newman is well-known and 
widely acclaimed for outstanding accom- 
plishments in many areas. Former chief 
executive, president, and board chairman of 
Dun & Bradstreet, he also served as a direc- 
tor of American Telephone and Telegraph 
Co., Consolidated Edison, and the New 
York Stock Exchange. He was chairman of 
the U.S. President's Task Force on improv- 
ing small business opportunities in 1968, 
and a member of the congressional com- 
mission on revising bankruptcy laws. He is 
the author of numerous articles and two 
books. The Private Sector and For What Do 
We Labor? 

But today we honor our own J. Wilson 
Newman, whose leadership and unwavering 
support had a profound effect on the future 
of Sweet Briar College, bringing it success- 
fully through one of the most tumultuous 
periods in its history — the 1963-1967 effort 
to reinterpret the will of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams. Elected chairman of the Board in 

J. Wilson Newman 

1963, he was at the forefront of the five-year 
legal battle to allow the College an unre- 
strictive admissions policy, enabling it to 
enroll African-American students. 

Wilson Newman stands at Indiana 
Fletcher Williams' side as a founder, for his 
stalwait direction and stewardship ensured 
the continuance of her dream — an institu- 
tion, the general scope and object of which 
"shall be to impart to its students such edu- 
cation and sound learning, and such physi- 
cal, moral and religious training as 
shall. . .best fit them to be useful members of 

An additional Newman legacy: two 
daughters. Ginger Newman Blanchard, 
Class of '60 and Bee Newman Thayer, 
Class of "61, both recipients of the 1994 
Outstanding Alumna Award. 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 

Elizabeth Prothro remembers the begin- 
ning of her family's connection to the 
College: "My mother and a family friend 
and I were driving across the country in 
1935, passed Sweet Briar and decided to 
drive in. When I saw it. I decided that's 
where I wanted to go." Voila! Now, four 
generations of Prothro women have attend- 
ed Sweet Briar. 

Elizabeth, matriarch of the family, 
always has shown great generosity to her 
alma mater, giving financial support but 
also pitching in to detennine needs and 
working to fulfill them. Actively interested 
in the intellectual life of the College, she 
was the founding chairman of Sweet Briar's 
Friends of the Library in 1966, building an 
organization that immediately enhanced the 
quality of the library, which now boasts the 
largest collection of any Virginia undergrad- 
uate private college. Elizabeth is a life mem- 


ro '39 

ber of Friends of the Library. 

A Williams Associate, her enthusiasm 
and enduring interest inspired an ongoing 
family commitment. Her late husband 
Charles was chairman of Sweet Briar's 
Board of Directors. Daughter Kathryn 
(Kay) Prothro Yeager is Class of "61; son 
Mark cuuently serves on the Board of 

Kay's daughters, Kathryn Elizabeth 
Yeager Edwards '84 and Linda Yeager 
Beltchev '85, were next. Mark's daughter, 
Charlotte Holland (Holly) Prothro Philbin is 
Class of '95. 

The generosity of Elizabeth and her 
entire family has helped keep Sweet Briar 
on top. Their latest gift, designated to the 
new Student Commons, is a $5 million 
grant from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, 
the foundation's second largest grant to any 
institution. It was "made from the good 
memories and love" members of the family 
have for Sweet Briar. 

Shirley Reid 

Shirley Reid was born in Amherst, the 
youngest of 13 children. Her family's histo- 
ry is closely tied to Sweet Briar's: she says 
that "family members have always worked 
here," beginning with her great-grandmoth- 
er, who was a seamstress for Miss Indie. 

Shirley joined the full-time staff of the 
Mary Helen Cochran Library 47 years ago 
in 1954, at age 17. But before that, as a high 
school student, she rode the bus to campus 
to work part-time after school hours — so 
add some years to the official 47! She began 
her library career during the regime of 
librarian Tyler Gemmell. 

Well-known for her courtesy, consum- 
mate professionalism, and dedication, she is 
perhaps the most recognizable person in the 

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libiar) . Ever present at the circulation desk, 
she is now circulation supervisor, oversee- 
ing 25 student assistants. Through the 
years, she has been a firm friend and "sec- 
ond mother" to generations of students: 
alumnae from all over the world check in 
with Shirley each Reunion, remembering 
her "great sense of humor and fun, which 
always made the library lively." 

She is the first African-American super- 
visor appointed at the College. In 1 997, the 
student government association honored her 
by creating and presenting her with The 
Shirley P. Reid Award: this is an annual 
award honoring a staff member in recogni- 
tion of excellent performance, presented 
during the Commencement ceremonies. 

Currently. Shirley is writing her mem- 
oirs, which include much Sweet Briar and 
Amherst County history. Her daughter 
Yolanda is a 1991 Sweet Briar graduate: 
daughter Valerie was a Sweet Briar admis- 
sions staff member in the 1980s. 

Dorothy Jones Sales 

Dorothy Sales" long-standing connection 
to the College is rivaled perhaps only by that 
of the founding family. Bom in the cabin 
behind Sweet Briar House that now houses 
the Farm Tool Museum, Dorothy is one of 
nine members of her family — her parents. 
Dorothy, and six brothers and sisters — who 
have been employed by Sweet Briar, some 
of them since its founding. Her father. 
Sterling Jones, fired bricks for the original 
buildings: her mother retired with over 50 
years of service. 

Dorothy began work at age 12: her first 
summer job was washing bottles in the lab 
for one of her favorite professors. Jane 
Belcher. At 15, she worked for Professor 
Belle Boone Beard, a relationship that last- 

ed 32 years, and also helped 
Margaret Banister in the public relations 
office. Still a teenager, she joined the build- 
ings and grounds oftlce in 1943. In 1945. 
she moved to the Book Shop, where she 
stayed until her 1994 retirement at age 69, 
after 49 years of "official service." She has 
the distinction of having worked for every 
manager of the Book Shop, and in 1988. 
was named "Employee of the Year." receiv- 
ing the Virginia College Store Associafion's 
10th Annual Associates Award for 

Quick, tireless, good-natured and appre- 
ciated for her wisdom and warm sense of 
humor, Dorothy was made an honorary 
member of the Class of 1994 in a surprise 
celebration, and was honored by the faculty 
with the presentation of a 1994 class ring. 

She says that she never entertained seri- 
ous thoughts of looking elsewhere for a job. 
"Sweet Briar is like family. I've spent my 
life here. I've just spent my life doing." 

Actively involved in her community. 
Dorothy keeps up with Sweet Briai' and her 
three grown sons, who live close by. 

Martha Lou Lemmon 
Stohlman '34 

Martha Lou Stohlman is perhaps best 
known to Sweet Briar alumnae as the author 
of The Stoiy of Sweet Briar College Vohiine 
I, published in 1956. Beginning with the 
founding family and detailing the transfor- 
mation of plantation into college, the book 
chronicles the trials and successes of the 
College's first 50 years. A "must read" for 
all Sweet Briarites. it has served as a source 
of factual information since its publication. 

As important as this reference source is, 
it certainly is not her only contribution. She 
sat on the College's Board of Directors 

(1958 to 1962), served on the Alumnae 
Board, as chairman of the Alumnae Fund, 
and as fund agent for her class. Reunion 
Gifts co-chair for her 55th Reunion, she 
now is 1934"s class secretary, and a 
Williams Associate. 

One of the first ten alumnae elected to 
the Theta of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta 
Kappa. Martha Lou graduated from Sweet 
Briar magna cum laiule with highest honors 
in psychology. She received the master's 
degree (1935) and Ph.D. (1937) from 
Cornell University and taught for seven 
years at Colorado College. During World 
War II. she worked with the U.S. Foreign 
Service. She joined the Sweet Briar faculty 
as visiting professor of psychology for the 
1957 academic year, while she and her late 
husband, a retired professor of art and 
archaeology at Princeton University, and 
children. Julie and Suzanne, spent a year in 
Aniherst. Suzanne attended Sweet Briar 
with the Class of 1972. 

In 1979. Martha Lou received Sweet 
Briar's Outstanding Alumna Award. 

Author of John Witherspoon: Parson, 
Patriot. Politician, she also has published 
numerous articles. 

President Emerita 
Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 

The late Anne Pannell, Sweet Briar's 
president from 1950-1971, was a graduate 
of Barnard College, where she was elected 
to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Barnard 
College International Fellowship. She held 
a Ph.D. from Oxford University, and hon- 
orary degrees from seven institutions. 
Before her presidency, the young widow 
with two small sons was a professor of his- 
tory at the University of Alabama, then dean 
of Goucher College. 

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In addition to several major curriculum 
revisions and enrichments, her administra- 
tion saw the greatest physical expansion 
since the early days of the College, with the 
addition of many new buildings including 
Meta Glass and Dew dormitories, the Mary 
Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts Center, the 
Connie M. Guion Science Building, the 
Charles A. Dana Wing of the Mary Helen 
Cochran Library, and the Sweet Briar 
Memorial Chapel. The author of numerous 
articles and two books, she worked for the 
establishment of the Friends of the Library. 
She was an able and inspired leader through 
the 1 960s when the College went to court to 
seek legal approval for an unrestrictive 
admissions policy. 

President Pannell extended opportunities 
for foreign study, initiated the Asian Studies 
Program with two nearby colleges, and won 
a high award from the French government. 
She held numerous national offices includ- 
ing the presidency of the American 
Association of University Women and vice 
chairmanship of the American Council on 
Education. A tnistee of Barnard, Chatham 
Hall, and the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation, 
she also belonged to local civic groups 
including the PTA in Amherst where 
younger son Clifton attended school. 

Following retirement from Sweet Briar, 
Anne Pannell married The Right Reverend 
George Taylor, Bishop of the Diocese of 
Easton, Maryland. 

— President Pannell 's Award was 
accepted by her son, Gary Pannell 

President Emerita Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 

Martha von Briesen '31 

As a student. Martha von Briesen edited 
the Sweet Briar News; after earning a mas- 
ter's degree in French from Radcliffe 
(1933), she continued her earlier interest in 
writing, editing, and photography — talents 
which brought her back to Sweet Briar in 
1942 as President Meta Glass" director of 
public relations, a post she held for 3 1 years 
until her retirement in 1973. 

Martha served Sweet Briar in many 
capacities, both professional and volunteer. 
She was president of the Alumnae 
Association in 1942-44 and an article in the 
Fall 1 977 Alumnae Magazine notes that she 
played a key role in 1945 in establishing the 
Mary K. Benedict Scholarship to honor 
Sweet Briar's first president: "She was the 
guiding light and coordinator of this schol- 
arship." Always, she gave special attention 
to encouraging support of scholarships and 
of the library's collections, two of her 
enduring interests. 

Sweet Briar has been her first concern 
through the years. She spent untold hours 
delving into the College's history and tradi- 
fions. After 1 1 years of research, in 1965 she 
published The Letters of Elijah Fletcher, 
which she edited and annotated. In 1972, 
she completed Sweet Briar College. Seven 
Decades, 1901-1971. 

In 1975 The Martha von Briesen Prize in 
Photography, to be awarded at 
Commencement, was established by the 
Alumnae Association in honor of her many 
years of devoted service to the College. 

In 1977 she was presented with the 
Outstanding Alumna Award and in 1978 
became a charter member of The Williams 

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Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp '68 

Marshalyn Yeargin became Sweet 
Briar's first African- American student when 
she entered as a transfer student in 1966 
from Bennett College, a black women's col- 
lege in Greensboro, North Carolina. 
Graduating from Sweet Briar Phi Beta 
Kappa with a major in biology in 1968, she 
achieved another "first" as the first African- 
American woman to enroll in Emory 
University's School of Medicine, earning 
her M.D. in 1972. 

For 19 years, Marshalyn has served at 
the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention in Atlanta where she is Chief of 
the Developmental Disabilities Branch, 
Division of Birth Defects, Child 
Development, and Disability and Health. As 
a physician and professor, she regularly 
presents papers on children's health issues 
and publishes widely. 

Marshalyn was named an Outstanding 
Young Woman in America in 1971 and 1982. 
She was listed in Who's Who of American 
Women (1987) and Who's Who of Emerging 
Leaders ( 1 988 ). In 1 990, she was awarded a 
Commendation Medal from the United 
States Public Health Service. 

She served on Sweet Briar's Board of 
Directors from 1981-1989, and on the 
Visiting Committee on Diversity during the 
College's 1990s Strategic Planning ses- 
sions. In 1990, Sweet Briar's student Unity 
Club presented Marshalyn with its first 
Black Woman of the Year Award, and in 
1992, she received Sweet Briar's 
Distinguished Alumna Award. 

Marshalyn and her husband. Dr. Ralph 
AUsopp, a clinical psychologist in private 
practice, have two children: daughter 
Whitney, a junior at Emory, and son 
Timothy, who recently earned his M.S.C. 
from the London School of Economics. 

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In The Name Of God, Who Creates, 
Judges, Saves, And Sustains Us 

Centennial Sunday Morning Chapel Service 

April 22, 2001 

The Reverend Susan Lehman. Chaplain. Sweet Briar College 

The Gala has finally arrived: some of us 
have been discussing dates and new 
party dresses for months; the Alumnae 
Office worked tirelessly on the many 
details involved in bringing to campus 
graduates and families. Board members, 
and guests. Madly we have scurried around 
filling in holes, patching buildings and 
trees, designing a party space on our slop- 
ing dells outside Prothro. putting up the 
party tents again... and again... and again! 
[The enormous party tents went up, down, 
up. down, up — three times! — before they 
were safely, securely in place.] Buildings 
and Grounds. Physical Plant. Food 
Services — all have worked for months in 
preparation for this event. During the past 
week, we were bombarded with e-mails 
announcing the .stripping of bulletin boards 
in Prothro. limited hours for the use of the 
gym. cancelled areas for student parking 
and. for the first time in the memory of 
many of us. the library was closed on 
Saturday evening — all part of the effort to 
mark the first 100 years of Sweet Briar 
College. Is it worth the effort? Yes. 1 think 

Think of the accomplishment represent- 
ed: the transformation of a Virginia planta- 
tion into a college that this year will gradu- 
ate young women like Brieanne Vogler. 
who will be off to medical school. Yen 
Nguyen and Rebekah Burr, oft" to Ph.D. 
programs in chemistry in the most presti- 
gious universities in America: Marian 
Spivey on her way to Georgetown for the 
foreign service program: Angela Aiken and 
Sarah Riggs. one to Honduras, one to 
Africa, with the Peace Corps: Amy Tabb 
off to pursue her Ph.D. in music: Ariana 
Wolynec-Wemer off to the University of 
Chicago to study religion. I mention only a 
few of the women from the Class of 2001 . 
Science, medicine, mathematics, lan- 
guages, foreign service, the arts preparing 

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scholars for the next generation in all 

In 100 years a plantation in Amherst 
County, where the soil was spent from rais- 
ing tobacco even before 1 860. is now a 
manicured garden with beautiful buildings, 
all matching brick patterns, home to 
approximately 600 women from all over 
the world. It is a wonder, worth inviting all 
our friends to come and enjoy. 

It is a wonder wrought not out of the 
clouds but out of decision making, vision 
and generosity, sweat and tears and back- 
breaking labor, and daring — of nights spent 

doubting and days of risk taking by women 
and men — presidents and faculty. Board 
members and caipenters, students, bakers, 
cleaning staff, deans and treasurers. For all 
those who through the century gave their 
best years that this college might have a 
future: for them, in their memory, we host 
this celebration, this Gala Weekend. 

April 21-22 happens to be the last 
weekend before the end of the spring 
semester: few of us who are students 
would have picked this weekend to close 
the library on Saturday night. With only 
four days of class left, this is a very busy 

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time with final papers and labs due and 
exams to study for. And, as most of you 
know, it is not our practice to hold a 
Sunday morning service, but it is The Gala 
and so we asked the concert choir, which 
has been dress rehearsing and performing 
all week, to get up and get out to sing the 
Lord's song in celebration of the past and 
hope for the future. As a celebration of our 
history it is worth the effort. 

Think of the decades, all with their own 
challenges. Rural Virginia in the 1920s: 
who could have imagined a college that in 
2001 would be known throughout the 
world as the "Most Wired Women's 
College in America," where every student 
has access to computers and the work of 
the College is done through e-mail? The 
1930s, when the world was in the grip of 
the Great Depression and many, many 
Americans, including some at Sweet Briar, 
did not have two nickels to rub together. 
Who — who. ever — in the faculty, staff, 
administration, student body, could have 
imagined their college launching a capital 
campaign with a preliminary goal in excess 
of $100 million? We celebrate the drive 
and persistence of those committed to the 
survival of the College. 

Then the war years of the 1940s: could 
those five graduating classes, some of 
whom arrived in the early fall and did not 
leave this niral campus until the end of 
second semester because there was no 
transportation for civiUans — could they 
have dreamed of the day when more than 
450 students would have cars on campus? 
Or the 1950s: in the farthest stretch of the 
imagination, can we picture freshmen gath- 
ered in the dining hall thinking aloud with 
their roommates about next fall when they 
plan to live in Reid. because Reid is not 
one of the two freshman residence halls, so 
their boyfriends, brothers, dads, cousins 
from Hampden-Sydney can visit them in 
their rooms 24 hours a day, seven days a 
week? The 1950s! That is the decade I 
went oif to college. We had a dress code, 
and housemothers, and the idea that you 
could invite your boyfriend to spend a 
weekend in your room was beyond com- 
prehension! We would have giggled and 
hissed, and gone red in the face, and rolled 
our eyes and snickered. And now we do 
room draw and no one even pays attention. 
and women are generally respectful of one 

When you think about it. this 
Centennial Celebration is worth all the 

effort. In the 1960s the College had to 
mount a legal effort to integrate the 
College. And what was finally granted by 
the Supreme Court of the United States 
was but a first step on a journey toward 
becoming more racially integrated and cul- 
turally diverse. Much, much work remains 
to be done. 

And the 1970s before we had a 
women's studies program, or even when 1 
arrived in the mid- "80s and the extra smart, 
savvy students would enter my office, 
close the door and in a whisper, say: "Are 
you a feminist?" And I recall asking early 
in my interview for the position of chap- 
lain, how many lesbian organizations were 
active on campus, and I was assured there 
were no organizations because in the stu- 
dent population of about 600, there were 
no lesbians. Somehow on the occasion of 
this Centennial Celebration we are able to 
be less hesitant about self-consciously 
claiming a mission to educate and empow- 
er women to take their place in the world, 
and in our best moments, we are less 

frightened by the great capacity that 
women have for loving, men and women. 
Each decade has presented many chal- 
lenges. In the 1990s we heard the dreaded 
word "demographics." Demographics had 
revealed a reduced population of 1 8-year- 
olds on their way to college, and of that 
reduced number only a tiny percentage 
interested in a college for women. After 90 
years of struggle, the question persisted: 
would we siin'ive'l We did, and we are 
here today in celebration, not merely that 
we survived, but that with confidence, we 
can look each other in the eye as we 
declare that we have much to be grateful 
for. We know triumph and success. We 

know we can make mistakes and learn 
from them. We can fall down in some areas 
and pick ourselves up and move forward. 
We have every reason to believe in a flour- 
ishing future for Sweet Briar. 

Gala. April 21-22: not the only thing 
going on in the world. At this moment in 
churches all across the land, faithful 
women and men are gathered in celebra- 
tion, for this is the second Sunday of 
Easter. The church in her wisdom has 
known almost from the beginning that the 
mystery of resurrection is such that one 
day, one weekend, is not sufficient. 
Annually it takes at least 50 days, what we 
call the Great Fifty Days to begin to 
explore the wonder and mystery of God's 
redeeming activity and presence in the 
Easter proclamation. On the Sunday of 
Sweet Briar Gala, we hear with Christians 
throughout the world an account from the 
Gospel of John, from Chapter 20. The 
reading for this morning begins, "On the 
evening of that day"... this being at dusk 
on the day when at dawn Mary Magdalene 
had gone to the tomb to be met by the 
risen Lord. We hear that on that first 
evening, the disciples are huddled behind 
locked doors, in fear. We hear that Jesus 
comes among them, saying "Peace... Peace 
be with you." Then breathing on them, he 
says, "Receive the Holy Spirit, receive the 
spirit of God... those whose sins you for- 
give are forgiven forever. Those you con- 
demned are condemned eternally." 

Of the frightened disciples gathered that 
first night, Thomas is not with them, and 
when told of their encounter with the risen 
Lord, he says: "Not me. I won't believe on 
the basis of what you say. 1 will only 
believe when 1 have placed my hand in the 
place where the nails were." 

And so eight days later, the disciples 
still locked behind the door of their fear, 
the risen Lord greets them with the word 
of God: Peace. This time, Thomas is there 
and the Lord says to him: "Here, Thomas, 
put your hand in my hand. See. touch the 
mark of the nails, the place of the spear." 
And Thomas does, and now proclaims 
"My Lord, my God." 

Two accounts we hear this second 
Sunday of Easter, among the richest, most 
dense texts in the apostolic writings. 
Because of the many themes contained, the 
church reads this Gospel every year in the 
Easter season and then again on Pentecost. 
1 want to lift out of this marvelous account 
four images to draw our attention to on this 

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Helen Graeff Ellerman '46, organist for the 
Centennial Chapel Service, played several of 
her own compositions, including The Offertory: 
Fanfare on "The Strife Is O'er," written in April 
2001 to honor the chaplaincy of The Reverend 
Susan Lehman and for the occasion of the 
Centennial Gala of Sweet Briar College 

Sunday when we not only celebrate the 
past but find ourselves ready to anticipate 
the future of Sweet Briar. The four: the 
idea of being locked away in fear; the con- 
cept of peace: the power to forgi\'e and 
condemn; and then an embrace of the fig- 
ure of Thomas. 

Fear: we know it is generally true that 
the frightened tend to hide. Sometimes we 
hide behind doors of wood. Sometimes we 
hide behind false promises. In those years 
at Sweet Briar when we are afraid not 
enough young women will choose us. I can 
hear myself recruiting — promising high 
school seniors that Sweet Briar is all things 
to all women. Sometimes we hide behind 
claims of certainty: even now in this Easter 
season, surrounding this Gala Weekend 
when we are in the midst of an important 
and lively debate over decisions regarding 
the use and/or misuse of our land and trees, 
we need to listen hard for those voices that 
can7 a tone of certitude, or arrogance. 
Sometimes in fear we hide behind pro- 
nouncements intended to silence, not 
engage. Sometimes in fear we lock our- 
selves away in roles of entitlement. In stu- 
dent circles, in faculty, staff, and adminis- 
trative circles we continue to do the busi- 
ness of the College, educating young 
women in ways where a few lord it over 
the rest. Like the disciples, we are locked 
into old patterns out of fear that there may 
not be enough power or influence or 
resources or good will to go around... and 
then "Lo and Behold," the risen Lord pass- 
es through those locked doors and declares 
the inleutkm of God: Peace. Peace, 
Shalom, the well-being of God. In biblical 
terms this is not a word for the absence of 

strife, as in: if only the QVs and Bums can 
agree not to hurt each other. Or: if only we 
can mediate this roommate dispute before 
her parents e-mail the president, the Board, 
and the local papers. Or: if only the Board 
will guarantee a 1/1/1 salai^ rating... No. 
When the risen Lord proclaims to the 
frightened disciples Peace, he is reminding 
them of their rea.son for being, of the pur- 
pose of God in and for the creation. Peace, 
well-being, goodness, sufficiency — where 
all ai'e fed in body, mind, heart, and soul — 
none are without — no one lords it over 
another. Where violence and tenor, lies 
and misrepresentation have no place. 
Peace: the very goodness of God. That is 
the word Jesus speaks, and he shows them 
his hands, and his side. And then he says: 
"This peace, this reminder of the purpose 
of God, this is who you are. Now as God 
has sent me, so I send you. Go forth. 
Receive the spirit of God. Henceforth in 
your relationships you are to take one 
another with this ultimate level of serious- 
ness; if you forgive the sins of any, they are 
forgiven. If you refuse to forgive, unforgiv- 
en they remain." Imagine. I can only won- 
der; the disciples looking at each other, 
henceforth no one to blame; they have 
been empowered to treat one another as 
though they were of the being of God. It 
must have been an earthshaking moment 
for them. Oh, but listen. What if this word 
were meant for our ears, 2000 years later. 
Wliat kind of a college could we be, going 
into our second century, with this moral 
claim to take one another with the serious- 
ness that forgives and condemns? 

Just a couple of notions of what we 
might want to do, now that we have 100 
years under our belt and with confidence 
look to the future: 1 ) We would place a lot 
more emphasis on talking with each other, 
face to face, learning to listen to the hopes 
and fears of one another. We would recog- 
nize this as the art form of the highest 
order, where e-mail is an insufficient tool. 
2) We, with the disciples, would refuse to 
condone the blaming of others for our mis- 
takes. 3) We would exorcize gossip and 
shunning from our repertoire of social and 
office behaviors. 4) We would not pennit 
the management of students, faculty, or 
staff by methods of tyranny or intimidation 
or with an attitude of condescension. 5 ) We 
would begin to flesh out what it would 
look like to be a residential college in the 
21" century where, if we are lucky, our stu- 
dent body will more truly reflect the great 

diversity of race, ethnicity, class, culture 
that is our nation and the world, and we 
would want to put our best minds, our best 
effort toward crafting standards of living 
and learning that would contribute to the 
flourishing of all six. 

The Honor System: a cherished institu- 
tion that has guided Sweet Briar women 
for a centuiy, a system that rests upon three 
absolute claims of truth-telling, ownership 
of property, and integrity of word and 
work. This Honor System might be 
expanded to include more of what is con- 
veyed by the word... Peace. Shalom, well- 
being of all for all. 

Finally, about Thomas, the disciple who 
says: "No. I don't believe on the basis of 
what you say. I need to see the risen Lord, 
I need to place my hand within the suffer- 
ing of the body of God." In the church we 
have called him doubting, often in a tone 
of derision. But I do not hear Jesus reject- 
ing Thomas. I hear: "Yes, Thomas, see for 
yourself Be in touch with the wounded 
body of God." Thomas the disciple is 
Thomas the student, the one who insists on 
verifying the claims of his classmates. 
Good for Thomas. He won't skip chem- 
istry lab. He won't rely on someone else's 
class notes. Thomas the student, the one 
who engages even the risen Lord head-on, 
straight on. Thomas who is willing, nay 
insists on being in touch with not only the 
triumphant, but the scarred, broken, 
pierced body, with the pain and suffering 
borne in the flesh of God. 

Thomas: if we were to choose a biblical 
saint to guide us into the next century, we 
would do well to consider this student, 
who insists on verification, who is not con- 
tent with secondhand repoits or slogans, or 
half-time programs. When we talk about 
learning on the land, or our co-curricular 
emphasis, the Honors Program, our com- 
mitment to diversity, the empowerment of 
women — Thomas would hold our feet to 
the fire and insist on the coherence 
between public relations policy and prac- 
tice. And we would want a Thomas around 
to daily remind us of the pain and suffering 
yet in God's world and in this place, 
despite its beauty and near perfection. 

So with Thomas in our midst, we begin 
a new century. We have much to celebrate 
this day. We have, my friends, even more 
to anticipate. With grateful hearts we give 
thanks to God Who has brought us to this 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer 2001 • 1 5 

weet Dnar 

Embraces the 

Challenge of 

Civic Renewal 

weet Briar College's Center 

c Renewal 

^ was established in 1999 "in response to rampant 
civic disengagement in the United States." 
The Center's brochure offers a rather grim assess- 
ment of the situation, outlining the many challenges 
that lie ahead: "Whether measured by low voter 
turnout, high levels of distrust in government, deficien- 
cies in civic education, general apathy toward public 
affairs, or increasing social isolation, this alarming 
trend threatens the ability of American constitutional 
democracy to function effectively in the 21st century." 
If there is such a thing as immunity to the epidemic 
of disengagement raging in the world's oldest democ- 
racy, Barbara A. Perry, Sweet Briar's Carter Glass 
Professor of Government and director of the Center foi 
Civic Renewal, has it. 

"This may sound overly patriotic, romantic, or 
PoUyannaish," says Perry. "But I so believe in our sys- 
Q of government and the notion that we have to be 
solved, I had to do something. I couldn't just stand 
, and watch an increasing number of people withdrav 
..6m civic life and politics." Fortunately, neither could 
' %x colleagues in the government department. 
iThis issue of the Alumnae Magazine explores how 
pfessors Perry, Bragaw, and Brister, other faculty, the 
bllege administration, and alumnae are working to 
pure the continued success of Sweet Briar's mission 
to prepare young women for civic participation and 
"■federship in local, national, and global contexts. 

The Inspiration Behind the Center 

Hovs^ 3/000 people from 
70 countries rene>ved 
Professor Perry 

Sabbaticals are supposed to be invigor- 
ating. But at some point during her two- 
year leave, Barbara A. Perry attained a 
fever pitch that, five years later, has yet to 

In 1994-1995, Perry was serving as a 
Judicial Fellow at the United States 
Supreme Court. There, she received the 
Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding 
fellow for her work in the Office of the 
Administrative Assistant to the Chief 
Justice. She also gathered material for two 
books: The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme 
Court 's Image in the American Mind 
(Praeger 1999) and ''The Supremes" : 
Essays on the Current Justices of the 
Supreme Court of the United States (Peter 
Lang 1999). 

An avid scholar and observer of the 
Supreme Court, Professor Perry is an 
expert on how changes in membership 
affect the Court's dynamic and direction. 
She has met with each of the Justices and 
is often called upon by the national news 

media - The New York Times. C-SPAN, 
MSNBC, and — to comment 
on the Court's actions. 

In addition to her solo feats. Perry col- 
laborates with colleagues, co-authoring 
books and firing off articles at a dazzling 
pace. For example, after saying goodbye 
to the Class of 2001 at graduation this 
May, she and Assistant Government 
Professor Stephen Bragaw put the finish- 
ing touches on a piece for the Stamford 
Law and Policy Review titled "The 
"Brooding Omnipresence' in Bush vs. 
Gore: Anthony Kennedy, the Equality 
Principal, and Judicial Supremacy." 

At a college that puts teaching first. 
Perry goes a step further by acting as the 
internship coordinator for her department. 
Her students routinely land positions in 
congress, the courts, and out on the cam- 
paign trail. And many continue to pursue 
careers in government, law, or non-profit 
organizations, keeping in touch as they 
move through graduate schools and into 
professional positions. 

PeiTy understands the responsibilities 
of mentoring, having maintained a long 
relationship with her own mentor. 

Supreme Court scholar Henry J. 
Abraham, the James Hart Professor of 
Government and Foreign Affairs 
Emeritus, at the University of Virginia. 
Their book. Freedom and the Court: Civil 
Rights and Liberties in the United States. 
7th ed. (Oxford University Press 1998), 
summarizes Supreme Court decisions on 
civil liberties through 1997. 

In the middle of all this - classes, 
advisees, writing assignments, and speak- 
ing engagements - Perry resolved to add 
the Center for Civic Renewal to her bur- 
geoning "to do" list. Though she is deeply 
disturbed by civic decline in the United 
States, her decision was clinched by 
something else: the desire of non- 
Americans to understand and emulate our 
system of government. 

In addition to meeting with the 
Jusfices. Perry's Fellowship at the U. S. 
Supreme Court gave her an opportunity to 
speak with 3,000 visitors, half of whom 
were foreign representatives from 70 dif- 
ferent countries. 

"They were people ranging from two 
judges from Mongolia, to German legisla- 
tors, to women lawyers from Central 



Carter Glass Professor of Government 

Barbara Perry was the 
1 994-95 Judicial Fellow 
at the Supreme Court of 
the United States, where 
she won the Tom C. Clark 
Award. She serves as a 
consultant to the Supreme 
Court Historical Society's 
Summer Institute for Teachers. Perry is the 
author of numerous books and articles on the 
Supreme Court, including The Priestly Tribe: 
The Supreme Court's Image in the American 
Mind, and co-author of Freedom and the 
Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United 
States. She currently is examining the impact 
of traditional and new media on civil rights 
and liberties. Perry received her B.A. from 
the University of Louisville, M.A. from Oxford 
University, and Ph.D. from the University of 


Associate Director 

Assistant Professor of Government 

^^^^ Stephen Bragaw was a 

^KKm^L Fellow at the Institute for 
^f ^9 Constitutional Studies in 

^ ' the summer of 1 999, 

where he conducted 
research on his forthcom- 
^ ing book The Court of the 

H iSaBB Conqueror: The 

Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the 
American Indian Nations. He has held 
research fellowships from the DuPont 
Foundation, the Kenmore Fund, and the 
Mednick Fund of the Virginia Foundation of 
Independent Colleges. Bragaw has presented 
papers on law and society issues at national 
and international conferences, as well as 
being a frequent commentator on public 
affairs radio. He received his B.A. from 
Wesleyan University, his M.B.A. from 
Rensselaer, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the 
University of Virginia. 




Visiting Asst. Professor of International Affairs 

Thomas Brister has taught 
classes in international 
relations and comparative 
politics at Sweet Briar 
College, the University of 
Virginia, and James 
.,^5 ^ Madison University. As the 

Jhik. A:m 1 996 University of 

Virginia Dumas Mallone Fellow he conducted 
field research in India examining the impact 
of globalization on that traditional developing 
society. His current research interests include 
a continued study of globalization with a par- 
ticular focus on religion and politics. He 
received his B.A. from Georgetown 
University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign 
Affairs from the University of Virginia. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbcedu 

Summer 2001 • 17 

Law and Society 

Law and Society examines how institutions, organizations, and movements are defined 
by, and in turn define, the parameters of the logic, rhetoric, structure, and administra- 
tion of legal rules in society. The focus is not exclusively on courts, lawyers, and judges, 
rather, on how cultural norms, economic relationships, artistic and literary imagery, and 
social constructions and hierarchies influence how law is articulated in society. 
Law and Society at Sweet Briar College begins with two required core courses provid- 
ing the foundation for the themes, issues, and methodologies of the study of law in 
social contexts. Also required is the annually taught capstone seminar Students elect 
three adjunct courses from three different departments. With approval, a student may 
opt to substitute for one adjunct class an internship supervised academically by the pro- 
gram director 

For more information about the L&S program, courses, and advising, go to 

The Minor in Law and Society 

( 1 8 semester hours) 


Foundations of Law and Society 
Legal Theory and Public Policy 
Social Movements and the Law 

Choose 3 of the following courses. At least 
two courses must be at the 200-level, and no 
more than one course per department may 
be used toward the minor 

Society and Culture in the Roman Empire 

Topics in Ancient History 

Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient 


Introduction to Environmental Issues 

International Law 

Constitutional Law in the United States I 

Constitutional Law in the United States II 

Ethics: Theories and Applications 

Political Philosophy 

Religion and U.S. Law 

Social Psychiatry 

The Sociology of Crime and Delinquency 

Feminist Political Thought 
With approval, students may submit one 
academically supervised internship for an 
adjunct course. 


Foundations of Low and Society 

An introduction to the themes and method- 
ologies of the interdisciplinary study of law 
in social context. Topics include the origins of 
law, legal systems, end norms of dispute res- 
olution and adjudication. Case studies will 
utilize comparative perspectives on the major 
issues of law in society. 

Lego! Theory and Public Policy 

What is the nature of justice? What is law? 
What are rights? How do they influence pub- 
lic policy? This class is an introduction to 
major theories and perspectives in jurispru- 
dence, and how these different normative 
and empirical traditions shape how public 
policy is both formed and evaluated. Case 
studies will utilize comparative perspectives 
on the major issues of legal theory and pub- 
lic policy. 

Social Movements and the Law 

Social Movements and the Law examines 
how law acts both instrumentally and consti- 
tutively in social organization by examining 
law as an instrument and symbol of legitima- 
cy, as well as a means of social control and 
dispute resolution. The seminar would take 
comparative perspective of different societies 
and historical periods and culminate in the 
student's preparation of a major research 

Africa," recalls Perry. "They came from 
the far comers of the world, particularly 
from new democracies in Eastern Europe. 
Africa, and Latin America. Or. in some 
cases, from older democracies that are 
still struggling. 

"No matter where they came from, the 
question was the same," continues Perry. 
"To the person, they would ask: 'How do 

you manage to maintain this system?' " 

Stirred by the notion that these visitors 
had traveled so far to ask her that one 
question. Peiry felt compelled to go the 
extra mile to answer it. The Center for 
Civic Renewal is her reply. 

The legacy of 
Professor Joan Kent 

The beauty of it. Professor Perry real- 
ized, was that she would not have to start 
from scratch. 

"We were already on track," she says. 
"Sweet Briar's proximity to Washington, 
D.C. and the dedication of our alumnae 
there have always given our students an 
advantage. For decades, our international 
affairs department and Junior Year Abroad 
programs have been creating citizens of the 
world. We have an impressive number of 
graduates working in governmental and 
non-profit organizations at home and 
around the globe. And we are good at 
using special, on-campus events like 
Winter Forums to enhance classroom 
learning. So, in many ways, the Center 
began as a culmination - a pulling together 
and coordinating - of things we have tradi- 
tionally done well." 

Peny knew that the great majority of 
institutes or centers located on other col- 
lege campuses lacked direct academic ties 
to their host institutions. Even more rare 
was the idea of having a curricular compo- 
nent located within the institute or center 
itself. When thinking about Sweet Briar's 
Center for Civic Renewal, Perry's primary 
goal was to firmly ground it in the 
College's cuniculum. But how? What 
exactly would such a foundation of courses 
consist of? And who would teach them? 

At the same time Perry was mulling 
these questions, Joan R. Kent, professor 
of history, was contemplating developing 
a new minor called "law and society." 

"Reconnecting people to the process." 
explains Perry, "requires promoting a bet- 
ter understanding and appreciation of the 
law. our legal system, and our 
Constitution along with the rights and 
obligations that stem from it. A law and 
society minor would provide the perfect 
rubric for new and existing law-related 
courses at Sweet Briar," 

The two professors began working 
together, with Kent taking the lead on the 
curricular component, while Perry 
focused on the others: the mission, pro- 
grammatic features, and co-curricular 
aspects of the Center, 

Kent's interest in the project .seemed to 
ensure that Perry's primary goal would be 
exceeded, Kent was nearing her 30-year 
anniversary of teaching at Sweet Briar, 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

She had worked on or chaired virtually 
every academic committee. She was an 
old hand at translating her scholarly 
research - European history, the history of 
crime, modern Britain, family history, 
women's history — into exciting courses. 
If anyone could get a law and society 
minor up and running, it was Joan Kent. 
Sadly. Professor Kent did not live to 
see the project through. The news of her 
untimely death shocked the community. 
By the time she discovered her cancer, it 
was too late. She died on September 21, 
1999. She was only 58. 

Professor Braga>v 
assumes the challenge 

Professor Pen-y"s 1994-1995 Judicial 
Fellowship dovetailed into a sabbatical 
year, which gave her much-needed time to 
write. The opportunity entailed finding a 
two-year replacement, someone to cover 
her American government and constitu- 
tional law classes. 

Stephen G. Bragaw stood out during 
the interview process and later performed 
so brilliantly that the College searched for 
a way to keep him after Perry's return. 
The two professors did not know each 
other well and, given their schedules, 
rarely crossed paths. Bragaw was dividing 
his time between the government depart- 
ment and the office of co-curricular life. 
Perry had resumed her wide range of 
responsibilities, adding the Center to the 
mix. Though she thought highly of 
Bragaw, she did not approach him with 
her ideas for civic renewal at Sweet Briar. 
She thought he would surely be snatched 
away by another college or university 
before the Center became a reality. 

Joan Kent's passing put the cuiricular 
component of the Center back in Perry's 
court. She responded by reaching out 
within her own department and, because 
law and society is an interdisciplinary 
minor, across departments as well. In the 
process, she discovered that law and soci- 
ety was one of Bragaw's major fields of 
study. It also turned out that his mentor 
was none other than the University of 
"Virginia's Henry J. Abraham. Perry could 
have scoured the academic earth and not 
found a better candidate to build on 
Professor Kent's vision. 

"I am extremely fortunate," says 
Bragaw. "Without Joan's presence — her 
teaching, incredible scholarship, and 
administrative leadership — the law and 

society minor would not have come 
together. She was, if you will, the entre- 
preneur. Whereas I'm the evangelist for 
the program." 

Actually, Professor Bragaw's contribu- 
tion went far beyond campaigning and 
recruiting for the new minor. It was 
Bragaw who coordinated the program, 
adding the core courses which were 
absent in the original proposal. In addition 
to teaching, he now serves as the program 
director and advisor, developing new 
courses and guiding students who are 
interested in pre-law studies, internships, 
and graduate school. 

"I love being able to help train students 
who want to continue to pursue careers as 
public citizens in the field of law and 
ethics," says Bragaw. "But I also think it's 
important for all Sweet Briar students to 
grapple with complex legal and moral 
issues, so they can be involved in the 
debate and make contributions as private 
citizens in their communities. 

"Technology is outpacing our cunent 
definitions of privacy and property. 
Genetic breakthroughs and reproductive 
innovations are forcing us to reconsider 
what it is to be a person. For example, 
what are the rights of a frozen embryo 
under state law? We have some serious 
work ahead of us just catching up to 
developments that have occurred in the 
last 25 years - let alone what's waiting 
around the comer." 

The way things 
turned out 

Students returning 
to campus in 
September 1999 would 
find law and society 
listed among the major 
and minor courses of 
study detailed in their 
catalogs. They could 
also check out the 
Center for Civic 
Renewal on the Web or 
go in person to the 
government depart- 
ment's oftlces in 

The following year, 
in mid-October 2000, Andrea Mitchell 
the Center launched its 
inaugural Fall Symposium. The topic was 
"Technocracy in America 2000: The 
Media's Impact on Presidential Politics." 

The weekend event counted NPR's Daniel 
Schorr, former White House correspon- 
dent Ann Compton, C-Span co-founder 
John Evans, and McCain campaign Web 
master Max Fose among an impressive 
list of panelists. NBC's Andrea Mitchell 
was the keynote speaker. 

In anticipation of the Technocracy 
symposium. Perry had developed a spe- 
cial Fall Term course on media and poli- 
tics. Bragaw's law and society classes 
also stood to benefit from the event. At 
the time, both professors believed that the 
symposium would be the highlight of the 
semester. Ha! 

November's Presidential election 
trumped the Technocracy symposium, 
presenting the nation with a rare and 
shocking assortment of political and legal 
predicaments. Butterfly ballots, hanging 
chads, undervotes, overvotes, recounts, 
protests, law suits - the fight over 
Florida's 25 electoral votes provided more 
"real world" fodder than any government 
class could possibly hope to digest in the 
six weeks left before finals. 

In December 2000, Professor Perry 
found herself back where this story began, 
at the United States Supreme Court, 
attending the hearing on the Bush vs. 
Gore controversy. This time, instead of 
foreign visitors, Americans were asking: 
How do we manage to maintain this sys- 
tem? PeiTy doesn't have all the answers. 
But she's doing her part. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae. 

Summer 2001 • 19 

Centering on the Issues: 

Talking Heads, Web Masters, 
Scholars, and Activists Enliven 
the Debate Over Civic Renewal 

Lee Cullum '60 

Melinda Baskin Hudson 

Each year, the Center for Civic 
Renewal sponsors a major fall sym- 
posium, kicking off with 
"Technocracy in America 2000: The 
Media's Impact on Presidential Politics." 
The two-day conference, held just three 
weeks in advance of the Presidential 
Election, featured cutting-edge Internet 
pundits back-to-back with traditional print 
and broadcast journalists like SBC"s own 
syndicated columnist and television com- 
mentator Lee Cullum "60. 

The Center's inaugural programming 
continued with the Sweet Briar 2001 
Winter Forums titled "Civic Renewal in 
the United States; Americans' Participation 
(or Lack Thereof) in Public Life." In addi- 
tion to presenting the latest scholarly 
research, the lecture series included 
Melinda Baskin Hudson, senior vice presi- 
dent of America's Promise — The Alliance 
for Youth, a non-profit organization found- 
ed and chaired by Secretary of State Colin 

Starting in 2001, the OCR's fall sym- 
posia are coinciding with Sweet Briar's 
Alumnae Council Weekend. This year's 
event, "271*: From Recounts to 
Renewal After the 'Perfect Storm,' " will 
review the lessons of the 2000 
Presidential Election. Judge Kenneth W. 
Starr, independent federal prosecutor in 
the "Whitewater" and "Monicagate" 
cases, is examining the 2000 Election in 
the context of the role of the U.S. 
Supreme Court. Dr. Larry Sabato, pro- 
fessor, author, political commentator, 
and founder of the Center for 
Governmental Studies at the University 
of Virginia, is focusing on the media's 
role. His book. Overtime! The Election 
2000 Thriller, will be published by 
Longman at the end of September. 

* Florida's prize 25 electoral votes gave Bush a total of 271 
to Gore's 266. Gore won the popular vote; 5.^9,947 ballots. 

Fall 2002"s symposium. "Religion in 
the Public Square." will examine the 
intriguing nature of church/state conflicts 
in our constitutional democracy. In the 
spring of 2002. the Center will launch its 
"The Law and You" series, an annual event 
aimed at promoting a greater understand- 
ing of legal/political issues. The tlrst topic, 
"Indian Sovereignty in Virginia." will 
invite an audience of Native Americans, 
government officials, legal scholars, and 
interested community members to partici- 
pate in exploring the broad legal, econom- 
ic, historical, and political ramifications of 
federal recognition of Indian tribes 
throughout the United States, especially in 
Virginia. Future "The Law and You" topics 
may include Sweet Briar's historic links 
with the African-American community, 
women's rights, bioethics, and student 

Judge Kenneth W. Starr 

Dr. Larry Sabato 

20 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www alumnae, 

''Moden i y 

did not simply spring 

into existence, it faced enorma 
obstacles from the very beginning, and it still 
competes witfi a variety of authoritarian alterna- , 
tives. It began as on idea confined to white 
property-owning males, and has evolved to 
embrace all people. Clearly, democracy corti 
prises more than written constitutions and formal 
institutions. The former Soviet Union, for exa^ 
pie, had a constitution offering rights and fr« 

doms far beyond those in that of the Americd 


Constitution. It had a formal parliament and j 
legal system that resembled those in the Western 

democracies. Yet most observers would be ( 


forced to admit that words on paper and } 

impressive chambers were insufficient to ensure 
the ideal of self-rule and individual freedom 'j 
that country. Obviously, something more cor 
tutes a true democracy — and this 'something 
more' is at the heart of today's debate about* 

civil society and civic renewal." 

—Thomas Bris 
The Center for Civic Ren 

Civic renewal is a hot topic in political, academic, and journalistic circles. For 
alumnae wishing to come up to speed on the debate, Thomas Brister, visiting 
assistant professor of international affairs, offers an engaging primer. 

His article, "What is Civic Renewal? A Guide to the Civil Society Debate," is fea- 
tured on the CCR's Web site, along with an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about 
the Center and the opportunities it offers SBC students, the public, and the media. 

Alumnae with short attention spans may prefer to start their tour by clicking on the 
Web site's "Symposia" section. There, a NetCast of the entire "Technocracy in America 
2000" weekend can be viewed, session by session, in RealVideo. This section also 
offers a peek at the upcoming Fall Symposium 2001 . along with a suggested reading 

There is no streaming video covering last year's Winter Forums on "Civic Renewal 
in the United States." But government major Roxanne Fox "01 attended and reviewed 
each of the lectures. Her essays are posted in the "Student Spotlight." 

For students eager to get involved in civic activities, the CCR Web site links them to 
a variety of on-campus and area volunteer groups, SBC-affiliated study programs, and 
national service and activist organizations. 

"Because of the Internet." says Professor Brister. "a small place like 
Sweet Briar can have a big impact. Our goal isn't Utopian. The 
purpose of the Web site is simply to let people know that 
they're not as powerless as they may feel some- 
times. There are plenty of step-by-step 
ways to become involved and stay 
that way." 

The Web site is a 
work in progress. 
And, given the 
nature of the sub- 
ject, there appears to 
be no end in sight. In 
addition to developing a 
library students can use 
in conjunction with events 
and class assignments, 
Brister would like to add 
user-friendly tools everyone 
can access to ferret out reliable,\ 
scholarly, in-depth information 
on current issues like world trade, 
education, energy policy, and faith- , 
based initiatives. m 

"Besides acting or volunteering," 
says Brister, "civic engagement is 
about being aware and having an 
informed opinion. People need to know 
what their government is doing — at least, 
the fifty percent of people who vote. And 
that in itself is another problem. Why only 
fifty percent?" 



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • wv/ 

Summer 2001 • 21 

Graduate Student, Teacher, Lawyer, Mentor: 

SBC's duPont Scholar Will Offer Students 
a Multiple-Roles Model 

Sweet Briar's incoming duPont 
Scholar. Bemie Jones, is bucking 
two trends. She's not only civically 
engaged, she has decided to put her New 
York University law degree to work in the 

Somehow, instead of piquing her inter- 
est in the many income possibilities associ- 
ated with a J.D.. Jones' legal education 
seized to increase her awareness and 
understanding of unresolved social issues 
as they played out in courtrooms and 
newsrooms across the country. The solu- 
tion? Teaching seemed like a good place to 

Jones began by returning to school her- 
self, to study legal history with a concen- 
tration in race and gender at the University 
of Virginia. Her dissertation focuses on 
critical race theory, a critique of the law 
developed by scholars of color, starting in 
the 1970s. As an instructor, she developed 
a civil rights legal history class for history 
majors, and several others for advanced 
African-American Studies majors, guiding 
students through their research projects. 
A few years ago, just as Sweet Briar 
was gearing up to launch its Center for 
Civic Renewal, Jones met the CCR's asso- 
ciate director Stephen Bragaw at a consti- 
tutional history conference in South 
Carolina. Bragaw, an assistant professor of 
government who also teaches the core 
courses of SBC's law and society minor, 
encouraged Jones to investigate the 
College's duPont Scholar's Program. 

The duPont Program invites doctoral 
candidates to campus to both diversify the 
curriculum and provide students with grad- 
uate school role models. Scholars teach 
one class each semester and participate in 
co-curricular activities, while working to 
complete their dissertations. 

Jones is slated to teach "American Legal 
History" and "Women and the Law." She 
has already visited the campus to present 
her own research. And, starting this fall, 

22 • Summer 2001 

she'll be serving as mentor to students 
completing their Honors Theses. 

A sample look at the projects students 
are working on. indicates how they'll bene- 
fit from having ready access to an advisor 
like Jones: 

Amanda Davis '02 is researching 
domestic violence legislation and media 
coverage. A government major, she is writ- 
ing under the banner of her law and society 
minor. "Government," she explains, 
"focuses more on processes. Law and soci- 
ety looks at changing norms, which is clos- 
er to what my thesis is about." 

Amanda took the first law and society 
class offered at Sweet Briar and followed 
up by enrolling in the American University 
Washington Term program. There, she 
devoted one semester to public law and the 
other to criminal justice. 

"When my classmates at AU discovered 
I went to a women's college," laughs 
Amanda, "they said that explained why I 
was more outspoken. It was true. Maybe 
because Professor Bragaw's classes are 
discussion-based with a lot of essay writ- 
ing. I'm used to voicing my observations 
and insights." 

Last spring, she 
interned with Senator 
Barbara Boxer, who 
is a major sponsor of 
domestic violence 
legislation. She also 
had the opportunity to 
meet with representa- 
tives from the 
National Coalition 
Against Domestic Violence, NOW, and 
other lobbying groups. "Those types of 
experiences," says Amanda, "keep you 
from getting burned out on your thesis. 
Talking to the people involved gives you a 
fresh perspective and a new direction to 

Amanda Davis '02 

Bernie Jones 

Kate McClellan '02 made a point of 
catching Patricia Ireland's Commencement 
address at SBC last May. "Women's place 
in society is not emphasized enough," says 
Kate. "I think it was great that we had the 
president of NOW as a speaker." 

Kate's thesis, which is yet untided, 
examines why the Women's Movement has 
stalled. A government major and law and 
society minor, her interest in the subject 
grew out of Professor Bragaw's "Social 
Movements and the Law" course combined 
with classes in women and gender studies. 
She is looking forward to having Bemie 
Jones on campus next year and expects the 
duPont Scholar will be her second reader. 

Kate is applying to law school, a 
process she has already put in motion 
given her additional senior-year responsi- 
bilities. On top of her thesis and October 
E^^^ LSAT. she'll be 
^R^^l assuming her new 
^B^H role as the Resident 
«|^| Advisor Co-Chair 
**" I^H and resuming her old 
j^l job as the student 
^^H assistant for the 
^ Center for Civic 

Kate McClellan '02 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.eau 

Leigh Riddel '02 

"I help with research, maintaining the 
CCR's Web site, and work at the events," 
explains Kate. "It's a wonderful position. 
Not only do 1 get to listen to all the speak- 
ers, last year 1 was able to attend a dinner 
and talk one-on-one with the panelists." 
Leigh Riddel '02 
spent her Washington 
Term at American 
University studying 
American politics. 
though she rarely saw 
the inside of a lecture 
hall. Instead, her 
class consisted of 
meetings with 
Washington insiders: members of con- 
gress, lobbyists, and civil rights attorneys. 

"It was a connection-building semes- 
ter," says Leigh. "I was able to take all the 
theory I was learning at Sweet Briar and 
see how people in D.C. were playing it 
out. That's how I developed an interest in 
theoretical and applied politics." 

For her Honors thesis, Leigh has been 
reading contemporary theories of congres- 
sional behavior and comparing them to 
political activities in her home .state of 
Louisiana. The project includes interview- 
ing her representatives, a task made easier 
because of her internship with Louisiana's 
senior senator John Breaux. 

Leigh has always been interested in 
politics. But she entered SBC thinking that 
she would minor in government, while 
pursuing a more family-friendly career like 
teaching history. She has since changed 
her mind and will be taking her LSAT this 

"After a while," says Leigh, "after see- 
ing so many other Sweet Briar graduates 
make similar choices and succeed. I came 
to believe that I could have the career I 
actually wanted and a family. I know I can 
do both." 

Tapping Potential: 

The Office Of Co-Curricular Life 
Eliminates the Barriers to 
Leadership and Volunteerism 

For several years, Dr. Valdrie Walker, dean of Co-Curricular Life, has been expanding 
opportunities for students outside of the classroom. The programs she has implemented 
are helping to redefine and reinforce the advantages of pursuing women's education at 
Sweet Briar 

New ideas and improvements are continually entering the co-curricular pipeline. And 
it just so happens that upcoming changes in the Student Leadership Program and commu- 
nity volunteer programs are coinciding with the College's efforts to enhance civic engage- 

Traditionally, leadership workshops and conferences have been open to members of 
the Student Government Association, Academic Resource Center, Outdoor Program, and 
other organizations, beginning in the sophomore year. These training sessions run the 
gamut from Robert's Rules of Order, to conflict resolution, to team building. Basic skills 
like time management are covered along with more executive techniques such as "Think 
Win/Win: The Leadership Secrets of Niccolo Machiavelli." 

Now, the Office of Co-Curricular Life is preparing to offer mini-workshops, covering 
the Leadership Program's introductory material, to all first-year students. "We're always 
searching for good, effective students to run for offices or appoint to College committees," 
explains Dean Walker. "We haven't considered freshmen, because we know they may not 
have training specific to our needs. This new approach will allow us to identify emerging 
leaders much earlier and get them involved right away." 

Emerging and veteran student leaders are certainly welcome in a brand-new effort 
called V.I.P.S. — Volunteer Interlink Program and Service Learning. This far-reaching, flexi- 
ble program will provide students with on-compus and off-campus volunteer opportuni- 
ties. Activities may be linked to a student's academic goals as part of a "service learning" 
experience or remain separate from her studies, fulfilling a sense of civic responsibility. 

One participating agency, a homeless shelter called Hands-Up Lodge, plans to trans- 
port resident children to Sweet Briar on a regular basis. Campus organizations will take 
turns sponsoring the children, developing indoor and outdoor activities centered on 
enhancing self-esteem. 

Partnering with the Lynchburg Department of Social Services (LDSS), students will trav- 
el off-campus to assist clients and the children of clients enrolled in the VIEW Plus 
Program — Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare. Activities for children may 
include computer training, reading, math tutoring, art projects — any experiences the LDSS 
and SBC agree are appropriate. Upperclass students will have an opportunity to prepare 
adult training sessions, assisting parents with life skills like creating a resume, applying 
for work or college, interviewing, and time management. 

Perhaps the best feature of the new volunteer program is its comprehensive 
"Information Hub," a central exchange or database that replaces the annual Get Involved 
Fair. Housed in the assistant to the dean's office, the Hub will give students a single 
resource they can use throughout the year to match their interests (and times available) 
with all volunteer and service learning opportunities in the community. 

"By overlooking first-year students and promoting volunteerism annually, we were los- 
ing a lot of potential," says Dean Walker. "Sweet Briar students want to be engaged. 
That's why they're here. Now they can start earlier, plan better, and reach outside of 
themselves on an ongoing basis." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae sbc edu 

Summer 2001 • 23 

A Tale of Two Trumans: 

Susannah Silverbrand Cooper '94 and Tia Trout '02 
Win the Highly Selective Harry S. Truman Scholarship 

This May, rising Sweet Briar senior 
Tia Trout took a week off from her 
summer job in the Clerk's Office at 
the United States Supreme Court to attend 
a Truman Scholar leadership development 
program and awards ceremony in 
Independence, Missouri. The event was a 
combination celebration and work session 
for 70 scholarship winners selected from 
among 592 candidates representing 303 
colleges and universities nationwide. 

"I gained a lot of practical experience," 
says Tia. "In addition to attending semi- 
nars, we had to come up with a policy 
proposal, helping to provide day care 
services for families transitioning from 
welfare to work. Then, we had to defend 
our proposal before a panel of judges. It 
was a huge field to dive into, but 1 think 
we did a pretty good job." 

Truman Scholars have an exceptional 
knack for presenting and defending their 
ideas in front of distinguished panels of 
judges. Each Truman Finalist goes 
through what Tia describes as a "gruel- 
ing" interview conducted by a group of 
senior government officials, college and 
university presidents, and former Truman 
Scholars. Candidates are evaluated on the 
basis of their leadership potential, includ- 
ing vision, sensitivity, and communication 
skills; commitment to a career in govern- 
ment or the not-for-profit sector; intellec- 
tual ability and class rank; and prospects 
of performing well in graduate school. 
Tia's academic performance and co- 
curricular activities at SBC enabled the 
panel to place a big check mark next to all 
of the above. 

At Sweet Briar, Tia has participated in 
numerous efforts to support academic, 
civic, and community engagement, 
including spending Saturday mornings 
teaching 4th and 5th grade children about 
archaeology, working as a resident advi- 
sor, tutoring at the Academic Resource 
Center, and initiating a campus discussion 
promoting academic rigor. 

She served as class president during 
her freshman, sophomore and junior 
years, and was recently elected president 
of the College's Student Government 

24 • Summer 2001 

Tia Trout '02 


A government 
major with a concen- 
tration in law and 
society, minoring in 
music, Tia plans to 
pursue a law degree 
with a focus on 
health and bioethics. 
In preparation, she 

has assisted Robin Davies, Sweet Briar 
associate professor of biology, with work 
on the Human Genome Project. This fall, 
she will begin an independent study with 
Professor Bragaw, examining bioethical 

The $30,000 Truman Scholarship will 
provide $3,000 toward Tia's final year of 
study at Sweet Briar, leaving $27,000 for 
two or three years of graduate study. 
Scholars also receive priority admission 
and supplemental financial aid at some 
premier graduate institutions, leadership 
training, career and graduate school coun- 
seling, and special internship opportuni- 
ties within the federal government. 

Sweet Briar's 1993 Truman Scholar, 
Susannah Silverbrand Cooper '94, is 
"amazed by the opportunities the Harry S. 
Truman Scholarship Foundation created" 
for her and she encourages Tia to make 
the most of everything, including the fel- 

An international affairs major and 
Italian minor (who completed her studies 
in three years), Susannah entered Sweet 
Briar with hopes of becoming a Foreign 
Service Officer. She focused on the 
Middle East after realizing it was a region 
with political and economic issues that 
were likely to be at the forefront of inter- 
national affairs for years to come. She had 
read Thomas Friedman's From Beirut to 
Jerusalem, which motivated her "to study 
the Middle East at length." After gradua- 
tion, the Foundation covered a year of 
postgraduate study abroad at the 
American University in Cairo, followed 
by a two-year master's program in Arab 
studies at Georgetown University. 

In September 1997, Susannah joined 
the State Department's Foreign Service, 

starting with entry-level consular posi- 
tions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and 
Kingston, Jamaica. She married another 
officer, Sean Cooper, in 1998. This sum- 
mer, the couple was transferred to Doha, 
Qatar, in the Persian Gulf, where 
Susannah will start work in her chosen 
field or "cone" as an Economic Officer. 

"Obviously," explains Susannah, "this 
will involve a great deal of reporting on 
the state of the oil and natural gas indus- 
try and lobbying on behalf of U.S. busi- 
nesses seeking opportunities in Qatar. 
Beyond oil and gas, I'll work on aviation, 
labor, international property rights, open 
markets and other economic issues. I will 
also be responsible for many aspects of 
the U.S. delegation's visit to the upcom- 
ing World Trade Organization Ministerial 
to be held in Doha in November. 
"The best part of my job is acting as an 
American representative to countries and 
people around the world. I strive to 
demonstrate that the United States under- 
stands local issues, even as we advocate 
our own policies, and explain why the 
adoption of these policies would be bene- 
ficial to their country." 

Susannah is also a great Sweet Briar 
representative, always ready to advocate 
on behalf of the College - especially its 
department of government and interna- 
tional affairs. 

"One thing I would like to stress," she 
says, "is how Sweet Briar provides oppor- 
tunities which may not be possible at larg- 
er universities. 

"Preparation for the Truman 
Scholarship was the most challenging 
aspect of my years at SBC. I had regular 
sessions with Professors Peny. Key, and 
Grimm to prepare me for any and all top- 
ics that might be discussed during the 
interview. Without this preparation, I 
doubt I would have succeeded. One of the 
students I competed against studied at 
Harvard - but had no specific preparation 
for the Truman interview and was ulti- 
mately unsuccessful in the interview 

"The fact is, every student at SBC is an 
individual and the faculty encourages all 
of them to strive to reach their individual 
dreams. Today I am living my dream, 
working as a Foreign Service Officer of 
the United States. Sweet Briar was instru- 
mental in making this possible." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

First Annual ''Networking for the Future" 

Reception in Washington, D.C. Coincides with SBC's Model EU Debut 

Washington, D.C. alumnae will wont to mark their calendars for 
the second annual "Networking for the Future" reception planned 
for November 28, 2001 on Capitol Hill. 

The informal, catered event — a collaboration between the 
College's government and international affairs department and the 
Alumnae Club of Washington, D.C. — brings current students, 
recent graduates, and alumnae together to discuss the educational, 
internship, and career opportunities available inside the beltway. 

Last year's inaugural "Networking" reception coincided with 
Sweet Briar's impressive debut at the Mid-Atlantic Model European 
Simulation. Fourteen students from Professor Jeffrey Key's 
"Contemporary European Affairs" seminar represented Ireland in 
the event. 

Before the simulation, the Sweet Briar delegation had the 
chance to meet with Gerry Kelly, press secretary of the Embassy of 
Ireland. When asked about Ireland's role as a small country in the 
EU, Kelly responded in boxing terms. "Ireland," he said, "punches 
above its weight." The phrase resonated with the students and 
became SBC's motto for the duration of the simulation. It also 
serves as an apt description of the "Networking" event that fol- 

When asked to host a reception for the gov- 
ernment and international affairs department, 
the Washington Alumnae Club went to work 
immediately, fashioning an event that would be 
both fun and effective. 

The Club's executive committee - a group of 
math and physics majors led by President Jane 
Frierson '74 and Vice President Kay Glenday '69, 
and including Janeen Sharma '96, Erin Sobotta 
'99, Nancy Mortensen Piper '74, and Joanne 
Hopkins '98 - decided to poll students and 
alumnae in advance of the event, gathering up- 
to-date information to enhance networking pos- 
sibilities now and in the future. 

The Club set up a special Hotmail® account and 
Abigail Phillips '96 created a questionnaire that 
could be completed online or by mail. Janeen 
Sharma designed an invitation, highlighting the benefits of attend- 
ing the reception at Loughborough House, home of the Junior 
League of Washington. Sandra Vonetes '75 signed on to provide 
the floral arrangements. 

"It was Sandra," recalls Jane Frierson, " who prompted Karin 
Lawson Look '74 into giving an inspiring, impromptu speech about 
her career [as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic 
Technology Affairs for the Bureau of Verification and Compliance]. 
Suzanne Petrie '91 , who has helped several students get jobs in 
Washington, was also on hand to answer questions and share her 

Suzanne, Senior Country Director of Inter-American Affairs for 
the office of the Secretary of Defense, still keeps in touch with 

Suzanne Petrie '91 

Affairs Professor Ken Grimm, 
Professor Perry (government), and 
Carolyn Brazill in career services. She 
contacts one or all three whenever she 
hears of an entry-level position. 

"It's so easy," says Suzanne. "I'm 
in a position and place where I hear 
about internship opportunities and - 

job vacancies all the time. 
Typically, all I do is forward the e-mail or fax 
the information and Sweet Briar does the hard 
part, pulling lists of qualified students and 
querying their professors. Then I get the credit 
for finding super-competent people. It's great. 

"I strongly believe," continues Suzanne, "that 
I would not be where I am today if I hadn't 
gone to Sweet Briar. I was so well prepared, I 
aced grad school — American University's 
School of International Service — while work- 
ing at the same time. From there, I went into the 
Presidential Management Program, a fast-track 
promotion program that led to a job in army 
foreign intelligence, which hod me rotating 
through Capitol Hill as an Armed Services 
Committee liaison. That's the short version and 
it's just the beginning. My last position was in the 
White House, working as [former U.S. Drug Czar] Barry 
McCaffrey's Mexico director for all counter-drug policy." 

It's meeting alumnae like Suzanne (not to mention all the math 
and physics majors who help pull these government networking 
events together) that keeps Jane Frierson going as D.C. Club presi- 

"When I graduated," says Jane, "I had close friends that I knew 
I would treasure for a lifetime. But I never dreamed I'd have anoth- 
er set of younger Sweet Briar friends - this refreshing rendition - 
that would keep me connected to the College the way it is today. 
It's been an unexpected pleasure." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc, edu 

Summer 2001 • 25 

The Latest, Greatest, 
& Most Sophisticated 
Class of 1 944 

"Every generation," says Professor 
Perry, "thinks they're the latest, greatest, 
and most sophisticated. But, after talking 
to alumnae like Louise Barry from the 
Class of 1 944, it's clear that Sweet Briar 
students have always been involved in 
civic endeavors and world affairs. 

"Louise's class was locked in a 
wartime rationing situation that didn't 
allow them to leave campus, yet they 
managed to reach out anyway. It's hum- 
bling to think about, especially sitting 
here in the middle of all this technology 
that links us minute-to-minute to the 
entire globe." 

Louise Smith Barry majored in inter- 
national affairs. "It was a rare thing," 
she recalls. "I think Yale offered it — and 
that's about it. If I remember correctly, 
Dora Neill Raymond, Sweet Briar pro- 
fessor of modern European history, 
started the major and she limited the 
number to four in each class. There was 
a lot of interest. Even the International 
Relations Club maintained a list of stu- 
dents waiting to be accepted." 

Louise, who earned a master's in 
library science, became active in the 
League of Women Voters. She is 
extremely proud of the accomplishments 
of her classmates. "Seven of them went 
into the WACS," she says. "And many 
went on to do amazing things." 

Among the "amazing" classmates 
Louise has kept track of over the years, 
Peggy Gorden Seiler went on to gradu- 
ate from The University of Virginia Law 
School and maintains a practice in 
Richmond, where she has also champi- 
oned mental health issues in the state 
legislature. Alice Lancaster Buck, who 
worked for Admiral Rickover, earned 
her master's in history and went on to 
write a history of the atomic submarine. 
Janet Munt Staples earned a master's in 
social work at Columbia University and 
is currently serving as a senator in the 
Vermont State Legislature. 

Senior Floor Assistant 

Katie Gumerson '97 Whips 

GOP Senators Into Shape 

on the Issues 

When U. S. Senator James 
Jeffords of Vermont left the 
Republican Party at the end of 
May. giving Democrats control of the 
Senate for the first time in seven years. 
Katie Gumerson's job description 
changed overnight. She is still the senior 
floor assistant for Senator Don Nickles 
(R-Okla.). The difference is that Nickles" 
leadership position has flipped from assis- 
tant majority leader to assistant minority 
leader. He"s nov^' the minority whip, the 
senator in charge of "whipping" - contin- 
ually polling and cajoling — GOP mem- 
bers toward a consensus on issues. 

"Our roles have changed a little bit," 
says Katie. "This is the first time I've 
worked in the minority and it actually 
makes my life a bit easier. Before, to win 
on a vote, we had to get 5 1 senators to 
vote together. Now the objective is not 
necessarily to win. but to defeat the 
Democrats on amendments. To do that, 
we only need 41 votes. Also, in the 
majority, we were in charge of setting the 
schedule. Now we're no longer responsi- 
ble for the work of the Senate as a body." 

Katie may ha\e modified her tactics, 
but her daily routine, running from her 
desk to the senate floor and back again, is 
exactly the same. Her constituents are not 
the citizens of Oklahoma - that happens 
in Senator Nickles' personal office. Katie 
works in the whip office, serving 
Republican senators and their staff's. 

"Senate procedure." explains Katie, "is 
not something most people know well, 
including the senators themselves. I'm 
constantly on the floor making sure that 
our senators are positioning themselves 
the right way — getting their votes in first 
or last, being recognized, speaking, and 
laying down their amendments. 

"The great thing about handling floor 
strategy is that I get to work on every 
issue. 1 have to study every piece of legis- 
lation, which gets easier as time goes on. 

For example. v\e've been debating the 
Patient's Bill of Rights for five years." 

Katie's association with Senator 
Nickles started during her years as a 
Sweet Briar government major. She 
interned once in the field office in 
Oklahoma City and twice in the personal 
office in Washington. D.C. After gradua- 
tion, she returned to Washington, starting 
as a legislative assistant before moving 
over to the whip office on the second 
floor of the Capitol, just off the Senate 

"The government department always 
encouraged me to gain experience and go 
after internships." says Katie. "My junior 
year. I went up to D.C. during January to 
intern with the Dole campaign. The fol- 
lowing month, when Sweet Briar was 
back in session. 1 received a call asking if 
I could take a week to work on the New 
Hampshire primary. 1 thought there was 
no way 1 could do it. But when 1 asked 
my professors about it, they said there 
was no way I could refuse! They made it 
possible for me to go and write a paper 
about it." 

At first. Katie imagined herself work- 
ing on campaigns for the Republican 
National Committee. But. through a com- 
bination of classes and internships, she 
developed an equally strong interest in 
policy and legislation. In many ways, her 
current position captures a bit of both 
worlds: the perpetual motion and excite- 
ment of campaigning, along with the sat- 
isfaction of getting down to work on the 

"I love it," says Katie. "1 have the 
greatest job in the world. It's unpre- 
dictable, but that's part of what makes it 
so intriguing. When Jeffords switched, 
sure. I was devastated. But that's politics. 
This is what we do. And things can flip 
back just as quickly. We could be in the 
majority again tomorrow." 

26 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbcedu 

Sweet Briar's 38th Peace Corps 
Volunteer, Angela Aiken '01 , 
Heads to Honduras 

Sweet Briar did not give me a social 
conscience." says Angela Aiken "01. 
"but the College did help me devel- 
op and target my interests." 

Angela, a psychology major and 
Spanish minor, entered Sweet Briar with 
an eye on a career in broadcast journal- 
ism. She volunteered with community 
service organizations throughout her high 
school years and also enjoyed working at 
a local television station. Journalism 
appeared to offer a way to merge both of 
those activities. As a journalist, she could 
act on her concerns and educate people 
about pressing social problems like home- 
lessness. health care, and the environ- 
ment. But after interning at CNN. Angela 
changed her mind. 

"Journalism is fun." says Angela. 
"There's a part of me that will always 
love it. though it's definitely not what I 
was meant to do. I couldn't make it my 
mission in life." 

Sweet Briar's emphasis on experiential 
learning — internships, practicums. 
abroad studies, and volunteer work — 
helps students clarify their educational 
and professional goals. Testing career 
possibilities, as in Angela's case, often 
results in crossing off options. It's a 
process of exploration and elimination. 
And students are encouraged to keep at it. 

Angela spoke with a Peace Corps 
recruiter who visited the campus during 
her junior year, initiating the application 
process. Then, working through Professor 
Perry in the Sweet Briar government 
department, she entered a new 
Washington Semester Program at 
American University called 
"Transforming Communities." 

"It was great. Right up my alley." 
Angela says with a mix of excitement and 
relief. "The program was really hands on. 
I had done community service work 
before, but nothing like this. We met with 

Erin Curpier Whipple '94 Plans to Really 
Deliver This Semester 

Erin Curpier Whipple '94 is in her third semester and third trimester. 

In 2000, just as she was finishing classes for her master's in Public Policy and 
Management at the University of Southern Maine, the Edmund S. Muskie School 
of Public Service extended its offerings, initiating a Ph. D. program in the same 
field. She decided to apply and received a full scholarship. "I'm not planning to 
stop for the baby," says Erin. "I'm taking classes this fall, and she'll continue 
right along with me." 

Erin is concentrating in juvenile justice and has been interning in related 
agencies: the Governor's Office, the Maine Department of Corrections, the 
Children's Cabinet, and the Statistical Analysis Center. In the middle of it all , as 
luck would hove it, her husband started working as an assistant district attorney, 
prosecuting juveniles in Cumberland County. The "in" has allowed her to study 
the county's innovative juvenile drug court and interview probation officers. 

"I'm very passionate about this stuff," soys Erin. "And the Sweet Briar gov- 
ernment department has a lot to do with it. Their focus on civic involvement is 
inspirational. They expect the best from their students and, even years later, you 
find yourself wanting to live up to those expectations and inspire others." 

Erin is due in October; finals take place in December. "But it's wonderful," 
she says. "The professors here are committed to helping me get through. I'm 
hoping that I can catch up by the end of the semester and do this without skip- 
ping a beat." 

Angela Aiken '01 

experts in the tleld, people who do the job 
all day, every day. We went to homeless 
shelters, hospitals, welfare-to-work offices 
— the whole gamut of the non-profit 

"As part of my internship. I worked for 
the National Center for Neighborhood 
Enterprise, a non-profit that offers 
resources, training, and support to grass- 
roots organizations in low-income neigh- 
borhoods. I also worked for Whitman- 
Walker Clinic's AIDS services, talking 
with Latino and African-American 
women about safe sex and other forms of 

When Angela was accepted into the 
Peace Corps at the end of her senior year, 
she was ready. For the next two years and 
three months, she will be in Honduras. 
Central America, working on HIV/AIDS 
education and other health issues. 

"I'll be responsible for training health 
workers, midwives, and adolescents from 
three to five different communities," 
explains Angela, ""so they can, in turn, 
instruct others about AIDS prevention. 
Honduras has a high infant mortality rate 
and I'll work to strengthen programs that 
focus on children's health. 

"Everybody has a contribution to 
make." continues Angela. ""People don't 
need to join the Peace Corps to make a 
difference. Small steps add up: they count 
for something. So many of my friends are 
concerned about their communities and 
what's going on in the world. They'll fmd 
their own way to get involved. I think this 
generation cares more than we get credit 

Since the founding of the Peace Corps 
40 years ago, 38 Sweet Briar alumnae 
have volunteered, serving in 30 different 
countries around the globe. 

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Summer 2001 • 27 

Valerie Walston '98 Puts Cato in Prime Time 

Valerie Walston '98 is making news. 
That's what she does for a living. In 
Febraary of this year, she started a new 
job as media relations manager for the 
Cato Institute, working as a liaison 
between Cato scholars and television 
news producers. By the middle of June, 
she was promoted to director of broadcast 

The Cato Institute is a nonpartisan 
think tank, promoting "public policy 
based on individual liberty, limited gov- 
ernment, free markets and peace." 
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the 
organization boasts 75 employees, 55 
adjunct scholars, and 14 fellows who fill 
the pages of three publications and seven 
Web sites, sponsor international confer- 
ences, and pack the airwaves with up-to- 
the-minute research and commentary on 

subjects ranging from the future of affir- 
mative action, to the condition of the 
Chinese economy, to state limits on online 
automobile sales in the U. S. 

The 24-year-old institute has tradition- 
ally enjoyed exposure through what 
Valerie calls "scholarly-type news 
media" — NPR. PBS, and the editorial 
page of The Wall Stiver Jounuil. Her goal 
is to lead Cato in a more mainstream 
direction. "I think I've already done that 
to a degree." she says. "Almost any day of 
the week you can turn on "NBC Nightly 
News." Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor." or 
MSNBC's "News with Brian Williams" 
and see a Cato scholar, but there's a lot 
more I'd like to do." 

Recently, working with one of the 
scholars, Valerie was able to turn research 
regarding the inefficiencies of the United 

States Post Office into an expose on 
"Good Morning America."" She"s develop- 
ing similar pieces for "20/20"" and 
"Dateline NBC." 

When asked to give a job description, 
Valerie will laugh and tell you that she 
gets paid to watch television. There is 
some truth to that statement. "One of the 
reasons I love this job." she explains, "is 
that it's so measurable. 1 can turn on the 
TV at night and see exactly how I did that 

Valerie's position at Cato is challeng- 
ing and hectic. But her previous career — 
hopping from one political campaign, to 
another, to another — makes her days at 
Cato seem serene by comparison. 

As a Sweet Briar government major, 
Valerie arranged three internships in the 
office of former California Governor Pete 

Falling Together: Ariana Wolynec-Werner '01 Plans to Build on 
Her SBC Experience at The University of Chicago 

"Sweet Briar opened a lot of doors for me," says Ariana Wolynec-Werner '01 , "and I'm not ready to close any of them." 
Ariana, a double major in government and religion with a minor in dance performance, is entering the Master of Arts in Religion 
Program at the University of Chicago this fall. She plans to continue at Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in religion with a joint Juris Doctor 
degree at the low school. 

"Often," says Ariana, "when I would tell people that I was majoring in government and religion, they'd do a double take, thinking it 
was on odd combination. But many of the authors I was reading in 'Political Philosophy' I was also reading in The Comparative 
Philosophy of Religion.' Not necessarily the some texts, but the same writers exploring societal needs in the context of government and 
religion. The two tied together in interesting ways." 

Ariona's internship and co-curricular experiences also meshed perfectly and greatly enhanced her academic pursuits. "It turned out to 
be a natural progression," she says. "I started interning in local and state government, working my way up to the notional level. In 
between, the experience I gained at Sweet Briar, working as the publicity officer for student government and setting up our initial Web 
site, ended up helping a lot. It's nice when seemingly unrelated activities all fall together" 

Her freshman year, Ariana arranged a January internship with her state governor, Tom Ridge of 
Pennsylvania. By her senior year, she was working behind the scenes at President George W. Bush's inaugu- 
ration. Her inaugural assignment stemmed from a summer internship designing Web sites for both the Joint 
Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Senate Rules Committee. 

In addition to highlighting the academic and co-curricular advantages of attending Sweet Briar, Ariana 
considers the College's social environment to be a lasting, key benefit. 

"I'm more open-minded," says Ariana, "because Sweet Briar is so close-knit. I know that sounds contra- 
dictory. But students at larger schools can easily congregate exclusively with people who are just like them. 
Here, you're in constant, close contact with students who represent o diverse range of opinions. You have to 
be willing to explore other ideas. You have to find ways to interact with people from different backgrounds, 
who you may or may not agree with, and still remain friends. 

"Coming from Sweet Briar, many of us are already deeply engaged in the issue of civic renewal. And I 
think eventually our educations and experiences will put us in the forefront of the debate." 

28 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnce. 

Valerie Walston and Sean Hannity, Host, Fox News 
Channel "Hannity and Colmes" (which just beat out 
"Lorry King Live" in the ratings) on the set of the show. 

Wilson. After graduation, she signed on as 
his assistant press secretary. Several 
months later, when Wilson lost to Gray 
Davis in November 1998, she moved to 
Tennessee to serve as press secretary for 
Lamar Alexander, the former Governor 
who was then in the race for the 
Republican presidential nomination. 
When Alexander dropped out. Valerie 
dropped in on the Republican National 
Committee. There, she served as deputy 
press secretary on the print side of 
Governor Bush's campaign through the 
2000 Presidential Election and post-elec- 
tion fiasco. 

In the weeks between the election and 
the U. S. Supreme Court decision favor- 
ing Bush, Valerie found herself reciting 
lessons learned in her government classes 
at Sweet Briar. ""Oh my gosh it came in 
helpful,"" she says. "■You"d be surprised 
how many reporters — not only foreign 
correspondents, but American correspon- 
dents — confided. 'Look. 1 just don't know 
this.' They didn't have a handle on the 

From the first day she stepped into for- 
mer Governor Wilson's office, Valerie has 
wanted to be involved in the civic arena. 
'T must have been wearing my rose-col- 
ored glasses that day," she recalls, "but 
there was something magical about it. 
Even though my role in the Governor's 
office was very small, I felt like I was 
working for the common sood." 

Six years, three campaigns, and four 
Jobs later, Valerie's spirits are still up. 
"It's still magical." she says. "If you can 
manage to get beyond your own cynicism, 
Washington, D.C. is a great city. 

"1 think what Professors Perry and 
Bragaw are doing, creating a Center for 
Civic Renewal, is wonderful; it"s unique. 
Mixing academics, current issues, the 
media, and real life experiences together 
is, I think, a great way to prevent students 
from becoming disenchanted. " 

Valerie admits that she's happy in her 
current position, a few steps removed 
from the center of the political arena. "I 
still haven't met Mr. Smith." she says, 
"but I'm sure he's here somewhere." 

Day 62 

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There He Gores Again... 
Al Gore TIES his own record! 

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Last Gore press conference: July 17, 2000 
62 days (and counting) with no press conference 

Mr. Gore, please let these reporters go! 

Republican National Committee. Chairman Jim Nicholson, (202) 8B^-B550 www 

When presidential candidate Gore went weeks without scheduling a press conference, Valerie created this cartoon just 
for fun and faxed a new version out daily, alternating the faces of the reporters appearing in the stockade. The joke 
received a lot of coverage, grabbing the attention of both print and television journalists. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer 2001 • 29 

Unconventional Directions: Ml 

Allison Davis '00 Joins The Genocide Prevention Center 


Allison Davis," says Professor 
Bragaw, "is a good example of the 
type of Sweet Briar student the law 
and society minor will be serving in the 
21^' century. She's taking her interdiscipli- 
nary studies in a very important, unconven- 
tional direction. She wants to make a real 
difference. And she's not the only one." 

AUison. a government major and history 
minor, spent her junior year abroad at St. 
Andrews, where she developed an interest 
in international relations. She was one of 
the fu"st students to enroll in law and socie- 
ty classes when they became available her 
senior year. She also studied globalization 
and international law with Professor Brister, 
took psychology, sociology, and art history 

classes, and still considers Professor Berg's 
"Idea of Race" to be "one of the most use- 
ful courses a history student can take in 
terms of its perspective and approach, pay- 
ing close attention to primary sources." 
Throughout her senior year. Allison 
searched for the graduate program, career, 
or volunteer experience that would some- 
how both encompass and expand her inter- 
ests. "Professor Perry," Allison says, 
"helped me realize that, even though 1 love 
the law, I didn't want to practice it. I spoke 
with Professor Key and some of his con- 
tacts about the State Department, but could 
tell that it wasn't a good fit. I spent a lot of 
time talking with Professor Bragaw about 
options like the Peace Corps. Then I found 

One Down, One to Go: Christine Bump '00 
Finishes Her Master's and Follows with Law School 

Christine Bump's seemingly mismatched 
course of study at Sweet Briar — a gov- 
ernment major with a minor in chemistry - 
has provided her with "the perfect segue" 
into Emory University's joint degree pro- 
gram, combining a law degree with a 
master's in public health. 

Christine, who did her Sweet Briar 
Honors thesis on the need for genetic pri- 
vacy legislation, credits the College for 
giving her "the opportunity to find the 
place where legal issues and 
science overlap." 
I In February, as part of her 
public health studies, Christine 
began interning at the Centers 
for Disease Control and 
Prevention's National Center 
for Environmental Health. She 
has since been hired to tackle 
a necessary and time-consum- 
ing task, compiling a quick ref- 
erence of existing federal regulations and 
policies for a whole handful of pesticides, 
metals, phthalates, and other materials. 

"It's a summary and it's already 54 
pages!" laughs Christine. "My goal is to 
make it easy to update. I'm learning an 
incredible amount and putting Professor 
McClenon's 'Organic Chemistry' course to 
good use." 

Christine Bump '00 

Christine expects to complete her mas- 
ter's degree in August and begin law 
school in the fall. So for, she's delighted 
with the dual-degree program and grateful 
for her grounding in government. 

"The majority of people in the public 
health program are either physicians or on 
their way to medical school," says 
Christine. "Many others have a back- 
ground in economics, because policy is so 
entrenched in finance. 

"In class, we often get 
caught up on the money end, 
coming up with various funding 
schemes. And usually, at some 
point, I have to raise my hand 
and say, 'I'm sorry, this isn't 
politically feasible' or 'Wait a 
minute — this isn't constitution- 
al.' We all approach problems 
from different standpoints and 
I'm very glad I have a grasp of 
the political implications." 

Christine is still interested in genetic pri- 
vacy. But a recent course on women's and 
children's health policy has engaged her 
just as much. "I can't say which it's going 
to be," she says. "I'm keeping both 
avenues open." 

Allison Davis '00, 
above. Top: the 
Genocide Prevention 

a master s pro- 
gram in 
Peace and Conflict 
Resolution at 

After graduat- 
ing from SBC, 
Allison went 
abroad for the 
summer, this time 
to Brussels, where 
she interned with a 
member of the 

Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. 
John Cushnalian of the Republic of Ireland. 
Her work focused on the foreign security 
and defense policy of the European Union, 
researching the feasibility of a rapid reac- 
tion force in Europe. "I'm fascinated by 
that type of work." she says. 
"Unfortunately. I'm not a European citizen, 
so it wasn't a long-term possibility." 

This spring, while working on her mas- 
ter's in D.C., Allison discovered the perfect 
job right in her own backyard. She's work- 
ing for The Genocide Prevention Center, a 
new organization that describes itself as 
"creating a workable standard and a credi- 
ble system that the media and the interna- 
tional community can use to rely on for 
warnings of imminent genocide." 

For Allison, whose thesis centers on 
peacekeeping operations, the Center's mis- 
sion and approach supports her academic 
interests, as well as her personal ideals. 

"We're not duplicating Amnesty 
International or Human Rights Watch." says 
Allison. "We monitor the precursors of 
genocide. For example, if we hear that a 
church, synagogue, or mosque has been 
burned, we get the coordinates and take 
satellite images of the site. The new images 
aie compared with existing photos and the 
information is presented to U.N. member 
states and the media. 

"It's idealistic and practical - and it 
actually does help. Right now we're a small 
but hvely and dedicated group. I'm learning 
a whole lot about running a non-profit 

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Smart Growth: 

Kindle Samuel '98 Builds a Strong Foundation 
Toward a Career in Urban Planning and 

This fall. Kindle Samuel '98 is 
entering an intensive, one-year 
master's program in real estate 
development at Columbia University. 
News of her acceptance came while she 
was enrolled in a summer program in 
urban planning and design at Harvard 
University. The two programs comple- 
ment each other. "Harvard's mini 'crash 
course' approaches problems from a 
design perspective," explains Kindle. 
"Whereas Columbia explores policy and 
planning issues." 

Kindle, who has already earned a mas- 
ter's degree in accounting from the 
Kenen-Flager School of Business at UNC 
— Chapel Hill, laughs and says that this 
should get her "schooling stuff out of the 
way - at least, for a little while." 

There is a method to Kindle's master's- 
degree madness. 

"I am really privileged," she says. "I've 
had wonderful educational access and 
experiences throughout my life and I want 
to give back, to find a way to make peo- 
ple's lives better. I believe I can do the 
most good by working to change condi- 
tions in urban areas - the inner city." 

The summer after her junior year, 
Kindle attended Princeton University's 
Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and 
International Affairs Summer Institute, a 
rigorous, seven-week preparatory program 
for graduate school. She followed that 
experience with an internship, restoring a 
long-abandoned landmark. American Can 
Company, along the waterfront in her 
hometown, Baltimore. 

"A Sweet Briar alumna, Katie Heam '85, 
was the lead developer on the project," 
recalls Kindle. "She let me in on every 
aspect of her job, so I received a compre- 
hensive, high-level view of the whole 
development project. I was also able to 
participate in things like securing tenants. 
I went along on site surveys and design 
approvals. I even got to do some finance 


"The internship helped me attach my 
ideals to a career. I knew I wanted to 
make cities better places for everyone to 
live, but 1 didn't know exactly where to 

Kindle's determination surprised even 
herself. Instead 
of public policy, 
she veered into 
business. She 
chose a master's 
in accounting to 
secure a solid 
footing in 
finance, statis- 
tics, and model- 
ing. "It was for- 
eign to me," she 
explains. "Up 
until that point. I 
had no interest 
in business and 
accounting. But 1 
knew from my 
internship that 1 
needed to master 
the tools 
involved in mak- 
ing strategic 
financial deci- 

"Now I'm 
working in the 

consulting division of Ernst & Young, in 
the Real Estate Group, where I'm learning 
a great deal about the industry. There is a 
ton of development going on in Harlem 
and our firm is really involved in that. My 
eyes have been opened wide - it's been so 
exciting. And that's where Columbia 
comes in. I'm comfortable with the finan- 
cial end. It's time to focus on the other 
challenges of urban development." 

In her spare time. Kindle volunteers for 
organizations like the Enterprise 
Foundation. Co-founded in 1982 by the 
visionary couple Patricia Traugott Rouse '48 

Kindle Samuel '98 

and her late husband Jim Rouse, the foun- 
dation is "a national, non-profit housing 
and community development organization 
working with partners to provide low- 
income people with affordable housing, 
safer streets, and access to jobs and care." 

"The Rouses combined an interest in 
development with a passion for helping 
people." says Kindle. "Their foundation 
does so much — I wouldn't try to list it all 
for fear of leaving something out. Right 
now, I do anything I can to help, from 
fund-raising activities to meeting with 
neighborhood associations." 

Kindle has been asked to join the foun- 
dation's junior board of young profession- 
als. She has already served on the Board 
of Directors of Sweet Briar College as a 
Young Alumnae 
Trustee and 
recently accept- 
ed an invitation 
to serve another 
three years as a 
regular Board 

"Sweet Briar 
is really invest- 
ed in students 
and seeing stu- 
dents succeed," 
says Kindle. 
"There's so 
much to take 
advantage of 
and explore; 
you can truly 
test and stretch 
your abilities, 
and find a 
focus. That's 
how 1 devel- 
oped this wild, 
non-stop inter- 
est in development. I can't wait to get out 
there. It would be wonderful to take the 
neighborhood I grew up in - and all my 
cousins and friends grew up in - to take it 
and turn it around. That would make me 
pretty happy. Then I'd feel like I was real- 
ly doing something." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 

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Summer 2001 • 31 

Walking the Walk: 

Amy Campbell '97 and Melissa Henning '99 
continue along civic-minded paths leading 
out from SBC 

At the end of May, less than two 
weeks after receiving her M.A. in 
government from the University 
of Virginia, Amy Campbell '97 packed up 
and hit the road for Arlington, Virginia. 
She had only two days — a rainy week- 
end — to settle in before starting her new 
job in Georgetown, consulting for 
Reingold. Amy chose the full-service, 
issue-based consulting firm in part 
because the president is a woman, as is 
the majority of the staff. Another reason 
was that Reingold responded positively to 
the notion of Amy continuing her own 
research outside of the organization, even- 
tually turning her thesis on Supreme 
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg into a 

At Sweet Briar, Amy double majored 
in premed and government, while work- 
ing as a resident advisor and logging as 
many as 30 hours a week with the local 
volunteer rescue squad. She maintained 
the same phenomenal pace through gradu- 
ate school: researching and writing her 
thesis, attending the Virginia Governor's 
Fellows Program, volunteering with the 
Junior League, working on democratic 
campaigns, and serving as the director of 
the programming department for the 
University of Virginia Women's Center. 
Working at the Women's Center gave 
Amy an opportunity to apply her premed 
background toward women's health 
issues. "For too long," she says, "the med- 
ical community treated women as small 
men. What we're learning is that, even 
though we're both human beings, women 
and men are biologically very different. 
My Sweet Briar science background came 
in handy, especially when the Center was 
partnering with the medical school to plan 
educational programs. And I'll be leading 
teams on those types of issues at 
Reingold, too." 

Amy's position at the Center also 
sparked a new passion for public rela- 
tions, events planning, and fund-raising. 
And no wonder. Her two-year term coin- 

32 • Summer 2001 

cided with an unusual alignment of cele- 
brations. The year 2000 marked the 10th 
anniversary of the Women's Center, the 
20th anniversary of studies in women and 
gender, and the 30th anniversary of full 
coeducation at UVA. 

"We had a big fall semester," says Amy. 
"Gloria Steinem was here to discuss the 
future of feminism, we invited Elizabeth 
Birch with the Human Rights Campaign, 
Aviva Jane Carlin performed her award- 
winning Jodie' s Body — all as part of our 
anniversary 'Shapers of the World' series. 1 
had a blast. It was a good time to be at 
Women's Center." 

Recently, Amy recommended one of 
the Center's undergraduate staff members 
to the Virginia Citizenship Institute (VCI) 
Summer Program at George Mason 
University. Always one to tout the 
achievements of other SBC graduates. 
Amy was delighted to discover that 
Melissa Henning '99 is VCI's associate 

"The program Melissa is running is 
amazing," says Amy. "In terms of non- 
partisan civic training, there's nothing that 

Amy Campbell '97 

rivals it. It's the premiere program for col- 
lege students in Virginia. And now, with 
Melissa's leadership, you know it will 
grow and become even better." 

The Virginia Citizenship Institute was 
founded in 1996 by Greg Werkheiser, a 
University of Virginia law student, "on the 
premise that good citizenship is not an 
innate characteristic; it must be taught and 
learned." VCI's monthlong, residential 
Summer Program introduces the state's 
future leaders to each other, to the chal- 
lenges of civic engagement, and to the 
movers and shakers — politicians, journal- 
ists, CEO's, lobbyists, religious leaders, 
activists, and scholars — who are currently 
helping to shape the Commonwealth. 

After graduation in 1999. Melissa, a 

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music major with an arts management 
certificate, attended VCFs highly compel 
itive Summer Program, which was then 
temporarily based at the University of 
Virginia. She was an ideal candidate, hav 
ing served as Student Government presi- 
dent, member of the SBC Strategic 
Planning, Advising, and Orientation 
Committees, Witherspoon Fellow at the 
Family Research Council, intern 
in the chaplain's office, and tutor 
for the Academic Resource 

After completing what she 
describes as VCFs "crash course 
in everything Virginia, from 
demographics to the economic 
history of the state," Melissa cir- 
cled back to Sweet Briar to head 
the chaplain's office during 
Chaplain Susan Lehman's sab- 
batical. Before the end of the 
academic year, she was invited 
back to VCI, this time to admin- 
ister the 2000 Summer Program at the 
Institute's new, permanent home on the 
George Mason University campus. 

While guiding a group of VCI students 
through appointments on Capitol Hill, 
Melissa dropped in on her congressman. 

Melissa Henning '99 

Don Sherwood of the lO''^ District of 
Pennsylvania. "I just stopped in to say 
hello," says Melissa. "A week later I had a 
job interview and a week after that I start- 
ed work. This has been my pattern of 
employment since graduation. 
Opportunities are tossed at me when I 
least expect them and I say 'OK, I can do 
that.' " 

Melissa had been 
working as a scheduler 
and legislative assistant 
to Congressman 
Sherwood for several 
months when Greg 
Werkheiser called once 
again, this time asking 
her to take over the 
administrative reins at 
VCI full-time, starting 
immediately. Though 
the offer came as a 
complete surprise, 
Melissa had, in many 
respects, already started thinking it over. 

"Your number one job in a congres- 
sional office is to serve your constituents," 
explains Melissa. "People flood their rep- 
resentatives with calls and mail, urging 
them to vote for or against a proposal. 

While those efforts are always appreciat- 
ed, the numbers pro or con are only part 
of the picture. A congressman needs to 
know why he should vote one way or the 
other. He needs to know how a proposal is 
going to affect all of his constituents, the 
county, and the district. And then you're 
talking about one vote among 435 votes 
in the House. It's frustrating. I spent a lot 
of days working on the Hill, thinking; 
What am I doing? I need to get back out 
there and educate people about this 

Melissa left Congressman Sherwood's 
office in the evening on Friday. April 13. 
She was seated at her desk in her VCI 
office at George Mason University the 
following Monday morning. 

Alison Hall '97 Masters the Art of Public Administration 

"The government department at Sweet Brier 
is fantastic," says Alison Hall '97. 'They recog- 
nize what students need and constantly change 
to keep the College in the forefront. I can see 
how the course of study I put together has 
merged into the Center for Civic Renewal and 
all the opportunities that go along with it." 

Alison majored in government and minored 
in art history. At the time, the College also 
offered a certificate in public administration, 
which she completed in addition to her other 
studies, co-curricular commitments, and campus 
jobs. To top things off, a January internship she 
arranged with the City of Lynchburg turned into 
a paid position in community development. 
Alison worked for the city through the fall 
semester of her senior year 

"It was a busy time," laughs Alison. "But each semester all of 
my professors - Perry, Key, and Bragaw - would sit down with me 
to discuss my schedule and future plans. It was great. I ended up 
getting a master's in public administration, which is the perfect 
background for my position as the cultural arts director for the City 

of Auburn, Alabama." 

Like so many government majors, Alison start- 
ed out thinking that she would go to law school. 
She even took the LSAT. "However," she says, "I 
learned through my classes and internships at 
Sweet Briar that there's more to government than 
just law and politics. There's so much to do in the 
non-profit arena, in the arts, and in local munici- 
palities. Maybe I'm not making as much money 
as I could have, but the joy I get from my job is 
worth a lot." 

Alison's position pulls on all the skills she 
acquired through her SBC and graduate school 
experiences. Staffing, budgeting, working with 
arts groups and city council, special events plan- 
ning, grants writing - it's a little bit of everything, 
"And that's the great thing about public adminis- 
tration," she says. "Every day is a different day." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnoe, 

Summer 2001 • 33 

The Class of 2001 foregathers Commencement Saturday 

Patricia Ireland, president of ttie 
National Organization for Women, 
addressed Sweet Briar's 92'"' gradu- 
ating class, families, friends, and an inter- 
national Internet audience on Saturday, 
May 5th. Noting that progress has always 
come through the efforts of "those coura- 
geous individuals who take a stand," she 
urged graduates to "push progress for- 
ward" as they begin the 2 T' century. 

President Muhlenfeld called the 1 33 
seniors from 30 states and four foreign 
nations "the bridge to the College's new 
century," and "the shapers of tomorrow's 

"You are at once the conscience of our 
past and the harbingers of our future," she 

Commencement Photos by Charles Grubbs 

Patricia Ireland addresses graduates 

34 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogozine • www.alumnae 

Commencement Honors 

The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

The hiiihcst-ninkinii member of the Class 


Amy Louise Tabb. Keameysville. WV 

The Presidential Medalists 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors 
who have a range of accomplishments 
comparable to those associated with candi- 
dates for Rhodes. Marshall, or Truman 
Scholarships. Awardees must have demon- 
strated exemplary intellectual achievement. 
Marian Ruth Spivey. Henderson, KY; 
Ariana Kateiyna Wolynec-Wemer. 
Edinboro. PA 

The Penelope Lane Czarra 

This award honors the senior who best 
combines scholastic achievement, student 
leadership, and effective contributions to 
the quality of life at the College. 
Elizabeth Ann Haeberle. Ashland. KY; 
Leah Andrea Sohvan. Shirley. MA 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is given to a senior for her excellence 

as a human being and as a member of the 


Mary Jo Bell. Richmond. VA; 

Olive Ann Eiley. San Pedro Town. Belize 

The Walker Family Award 

This award honors a senior with high 
scholastic standing who has a cheeifid, 
positive disposition and shows warmth, 
generosity, and humility. 
Sarah Kathleen Riggs. Holden, MA; 
Brieanne Vogler. Oklahoma City. OK 

The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

The family of the late Professor Judith 
Elkins established a prize to recognize the 
out.'itanding achievements of a senior 
majoring in the mathematical, physical, or 
biological sciences, while actively partici- 
pating in the College community and 
demonstrating the ideals and dedication to 
learning exemplified by the life of 
Professor Elkins. 
Meredith Kate Taylor, Yarmouth. ME 

The La>vrence G. Nelson Award 
for Excellence in English 

Lorna Thompson Brod. Mount Gretna, PA; 
Frances Hunter McOwen, Dallas. PA 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 

Yen Hoang Le Nguyen. New Orleans. LA 

The James Lewis Howe Award in 

Brieanne Vogler, Oklahoma City, OK 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award 
in French 

Marian Ruth Spivey, Henderson. KY 

The Marcia Capron Award for 
Excellence in French 

Elizabeth Mahala McGovem, Earlysville, 

Nicole Leigh Redwine. McDonough. GA 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
international Outstanding 
Scholar Education Avsrard 

Carla Rachel Fitzgerald, Amherst, VA 

The Kathryn Ha>v Prize in Art 

Natasha Dewees Nickodem, Atlantic 
Beach, FL 

L'Alliance Francaise de 

Kyle Charlene DuVall, Greensboro. NC 

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 

Amy Louise Tabb. Keameysville. WV 

The Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy 
Award in Theatre 

Maiy Gwendolyn Wray, Sleepy Hollow, 


The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Award in History 

Alison Beth Brown. Norwalk. CT 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Graduate Fellov/ship in History 

Nicole Marie Gilkison. Paik Forest. IL 

The W. Edward Overly A>vard in 

Elizabeth Ann Haeberle, Ashland, KY 

Associate Professor of Government Jeffrey Key 
received the 2001 "Excellence in Teaching" 

The Maxine Garner Prize in 

Ariana Kateryna Wolynec-Wemer, 
Edinboro, PA 

The Helen K. Mull Graduate 
Fellovsrship in Psychology 

Allison Clark, Puyallup, WA 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Av/ard 

Emily Virginia Black, Salt Lake City, UT; 
Amy Louise Tabb, Keameysville. WV 

The Martha von Briesen Prize in 

Sonya Helene DeConinck, Hubbardston, 

The Wall Street Journal Student 
Achievement for Excellence in 

Kate Cecilia Haisch, Livermore, CA 

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Summer 2001 • 35 

chaplain Susan Lehman was selected by the 
Class of 2001 as the recipient of the 
"Excellence in Service" Award 

Phi Beta Kappa 2001 

Ramona Achterberg, Haldensleben, 

Emily Virginia Black. Salt Lake City. UT 
Lorna Thompson Brod. Mount Gretna. PA 
Marie-Elysse Renault Burdette. 

Greenwood. SC 
Rebekah Louise Burr, Portland. CT 
Diana Melissa Church. Louisville. KY 
Allison Clark. Puyallup. WA 
Roxanne Renee Fox. Brunswick. MD 
Elizabeth Ann Haeberle. Ashland. KY 
Anne Jennifer Lombaidi. Richmond. VA 
Melanie Camille Naquin. Metairie. LA 
Yen Hoang Le Nguyen. New Orleans. LA 
Sarah Kathleen Riggs. Holden. MA 
Shweta Sharma. Lobatse. Botswana 
Leah Andrea Solivan, Shirley. MA 
Marian Ruth Spivey, Henderson. KY 
Amy Louise Tabb. Keameysville, WV 
Tamara Brooke Trout, Louisa. KY 
Brieanne Vogler. Oklahoma City, OK 
Ariana Kateryna Wolynec- Werner, 

Edinboro. PA 

Summa Cum Laude 

Ramona Achterberg, Haldensleben. 

Diana Melissa Church. Louisville. KY 
Allison Clark, Puyallup, WA 
Patricia Louise Hamilton, Dallas, TX 
Melanie Camille Naquin, Metairie. LA 
Shweta Sharma. Lobatse, Botswana 
Marian Ruth Spivey. Henderson, KY 

Amy Louise Tabb, Keameysville, WV 
Brieanne Vogler. Oklahoma City. OK 
Ariana Kateryna Wolynec-Wemer. 
Edinboro, PA 

Magna Cum Laude 

Erin Angeline Alberda, Seattle, WA 
Marie-Elysse Renault Burdette, 

Greenwood, SC 
Rebekah Louise Burr, Portland, CT 
Sonya Helene DeConinck, Hubbardston, 

Carla Rachel Fitzgerald, Amherst. VA 
Roxanne Renee Fox, Brunswick, MD 
Elizabeth Ann Haeberle, Ashland, KY 
Sarah Saunders Hemdon, Orange, VA 
Laura Leigh Knight, Spencer, WV 
Anne Jennifer Lombardi, Richmond, VA 
Barbara Dawn Martin, Lynchburg, VA 
Erin Crystal McKinley, Bend, OR 
Frances Hunter McOwen, Dallas, PA 
Yen Hoang Le Nguyen. New Orleans. LA 
Natasha Dewees Nickodem, Atlantic 

Beach, FL 
Elizabeth Catharine Parker, Slidell, LA 
Lynn Marie Peyatt, Pasadena, MD 
Elizabeth Boyd Puckett, Columbus. MS 
Nicole Leigh Redwine. McDonough. GA 
Emily Michelle Reeh. Edmond. OK 
Sarah Kathleen Riggs. Holden. MA 
Caitlin Morgan Russo. Wynnewood, PA 
Kimberley Sargent Schmidt, Yarmouth, 

Bonnie L. Seitz, Amherst, VA 
Leah Andrea Solixan, Shirley, MA 
Rachel Cristina Souder-Arguedas, 

Santa Fe, NM 
Megan Laine Thomas, Grove City, PA 
Tamara Brooke Trout, Louisa, KY 

Cum Laude 

Emily Virginia Black, Salt Lake City, UT 
Lorna Thompson Brod, Mount Gretna, PA 
Vanessa Rose Corry, Siena Madre, CA 
Amy Lynn De Angelis, Ardsley, NY 
Elizabeth Ashley Finch, Virginia Beach, 

Sara Alice Foltz, Monroe, VA 
Laura Michelle Kaatz, Englewood, CO 
Justine Ann Mikolaitis, Cherr\' Hill, NJ 
Ashley Cotton Moring, Jamestown, NC 
Kelly Dawn Nixon, Madison Heights, VA 
Sarah Bean Patterson, Montpelier, VT 
Ameka DeSha Reeves, Lynchburg, VA 
Jennifer Timmons Stringfellow, Vienna, 

Meredith Kate Taylor, Yarmouth, ME 
Amy Rachel Whitney, Prince Frederick, 


The Honors Program, 
Class of 2001 

Honors Degree with Honors 
in Music 

Emily Black, Salt Lake City, UT 

Honors Degree with Highest 
Honors in Classical Studies 

Maiie-Elysse Burdette, Greenwood, SC 

High Honors in Chemistry 

Rebekah Bun-, Portland, CT 

High Honors in Psychology 

Allison Clark, Puyallup, WA 

Honors Degree with High Honors 
in Studio Art 

Yen Nguyen, New Orleans, LA 

Honors Degree with High Honors 
in Psychology 

Meredith Taylor, Yarmouth, ME 

Honors Degree >vith High Honors 
in Chemistry 

Brieanne Vogler, Oklahoma City, OK 

Turning Point graduates Allison Elizabeth 
Perry; Bonnie Seitz 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magozlne • wwwalumnaesbcedu 

Class of 2001 
Alumnae Relatives 
and Turning Point 

Jennifer Schmidt Major '99 holding Anna 
Elizabeth Major ('22?); sister Kimberly Sargent 
Schmidt; sister Abby Schmidt '00 

Andrea Dickson Brown '93; sister Audrey 
Dickson holding Grace Katherine Riddell 
('23?); sister Amy Dickson Riddell '93; front: 
Emily Riddell ('21?j; Lauren Riddell ('19?) 

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Summer 2001 • 37 

Sweet Briar Travel Program 2001-2002 

"Art and Architecture of Havana," 
January ] 8-26, 2002 

Fascinating trip to the small 
island nation of Cuba, just recently 
accessible to American visitors; 
the cooperation of Cuba's Ludwig 
Foundation for the Arts, provides 
an exceptional introduction to 
Cuba's art and architecture. Travel 
under a special license provided by 
the U. S. Department of the 
Treasury allows access to contem- 
porary artists, galleries, architec- 
tural historians, and distinguished 
lecturers. Seven nights at the 
Golden Tulip Parque Central Hotel 
at the edge of Old Havana. Dr 
Margaret Stanton, associate profes- 
sor of Spanish and director of 
SBC's Latin American Studies 
Program, travels with us. 

Tour of Havana's architecture, 
colonial and modem, with briefing 
by Professor Mario Coyula, direc- 
tor of the Gaipo Para el Desarrollo 
Integral de la Capital. Visit to the 
planned community of Las 
Terrazas, a UNESCO-sanctioned 
biosphere reserve: view of artists' 
studios, markets, and the Partagas 
Cigar Factory before a show and 
dinner at the famous Tropicana 

Two-day excursion to the his- 
toric colonial city of Trinidad de 
Cuba, a World Heritage site about 
5 hours southeast of Havana, with 
1 night at Hotel La Union in 
Cienfuegos, "the Pearl of the 
South."( Hotel rooms will be main- 
tained in Havana for those wishing 
more time there.) 

SBC Alumnae College Abroad: "Rebirth 
in Renaissance Italy — Florence, Assisi, 
and Rome," May 15-26, 2002 

Dr. Jonathan Green, associate 
professor of music and chair of the 
department, hosts this Italian 
adventure (a continuation of the 
June 2001 Alumnae College), 
which begins in Florence with a 
guided walk through religious and 
civic sites: The Cathedral. Piazza 
della Signoria, and Loggia dei 
Lanzi: evening lecuire, dinner at 
our four-star Hotel Miner\a. 

Next day: walking tour to the 
Monastery of San Marco, San 

38 • Summer 2001 

Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels, and 
Medici Riccardi Palace. Lunch at 
the Palazzo Corsini. a 17'^-century 
palazzo with lush gardens. 
Afternoon visit to the Brancacci 
Chapel at the Church of Carmine 
to study the Massaccio frescoes. A 
drive through olive groves and 
vineyards of the Chianti Classico 
area to Siena, to see the Piazza del 
Campo, the Duomo. and the 
Palazzo Pubblico: its frescoes date 
from the 15^" century. 

Next morning, tour Arezzo, 
then on to Assisi to the Hotel 
Subasio. near the Basilica. 
Birthplace of St. Francis. Italy's 
patron saint. Assisi is rebuilding 
homes, churches, and monuments 
damaged in the September 1 997 
earthquake. Short orientation tour 
before dinner at the hotel. Next 
day. journey through beautiful 
Umbrian landscape to the medieval 
city of Todi: Gothic palaces sur- 
round a plaza on the site of a 
Roman forum. See small museum 
in the Palazzo del Capitano; enjoy 
a pre-dinner lecture. 

On to Rome after a stop in 
Orvieto, city of great antiquity: an 
impressive Duomo dominates its 
center. Ample time to view mag- 
nificent frescos by Fra Angelico in 
the Cappella Nuova. to stroll 
enchanting streets and byways, or 
take a hardy walk to St. Patrick's 
Well (Pozzo di San Patrizio). an 
amazing feat of engineering. 
Arrive Rome for 4 nights; early 
evening lecture. Tours include 
Colosseum area, an afternoon at 
the Pantheon, and presentation on 
the Vatican by Dr. Walter 
Persegati. Retired Secretary 
General and Treasurer of the 
Vatican Monuments. Museums, 
and Art Galleries. Last day: morn- 
ing at Villa Borghese and gardens, 
farewell dinner at the American 

"Alumni College in Ireland: Kinsole," 
July 14-22, 2002 

Educational week based in 
Kinsale on the south coast of 
Ireland. Se\en nights at first-class 
Actons Hotel on beautiful harbor 
Daily seminars, excursions. 
Hishliahts: walking tour of 

Kinsale including Desmond 
Castle; excursions to medieval city 
of Cork, Charles Fort and the "Old 
Head of Kinsale": full-day excur- 
sion to the Ring of Kerry; 
panoramic tour of West Cork's 
scenic coastline; boat cruise to 
Garinish Island off the coast of 
Glengariff: special dinner at the 
White House, one of Kinsale's best 
restaurants. An excellent value: 
transatlantic air. 3 meals/day. all 
seminars, excursions, accommoda- 
tions included at reasonable cost. 

SBC Alumnae College Abroad: "Quito 
and Galapagos Islands Cruise — A 
Family Adventure," August 9-19, 

Dr David Orvos. associate pro- 
fessor of environmental science 
and chair of the Department of 
Environmental Studies, leads an 
adventure appealing to all ages in 
the enchanted Galapagos Islands, 
an archipelago 600 miles off 
Ecuador's coast. Journey through a 
"living laboratory," following 
Charles Darwin's footsteps, 
observing species of marine, ani- 
mal, and bird life found nowhere 
else on earth. 

Ecuadorean naturalist guides 
give daily briefings and accompa- 
ny small groups ashore exploring 
landscapes ranging from tropical 
forests, to crater lakes, to lava for- 
mations. Nature lovers, birders, 
and adventurous spirits enjoy the 
islands which provided Darwin 
with numerous observations for his 
theory of evolution. Antics of sea 
lions, fur seals, and other wildlife 
totally without fear of humans 
delight photographers; swimming 
alongside these animals is the 
experience of a lifetime. 

Seven-night cruise on the 90- 
passenger M. V. Santa Cruz, fully 
air-conditioned, with comfortable 
cabins, spacious public rooms. 
Dining is excellent, a mix of conu- 
nental cuisine and Ecuadorean spe- 
cialties. Zodiac landing craft offer 
easy travel among the islands. 

The Galapagos Islands alone 
are worth the trip to the equator, 
but we spend 3 nights in Quito, 
Ecuador's historic capital, before 
setting sail. Touring the carefully- 

preserved Old City, with many 
1 S'^-centurx' Baroque buildings, 
and visiting the colorful Otavalo 
Indian Market are highlights. 

Optional 6-night extension in 
Peru: Lima, Cuzco and a train ride 
through mountains to Machu 
Picchu's awe-inspiring ruins. 

"Alumni College Down Under in 
Australia & New Zealand," November 
6-21, 2002 

Exciting, educational 2-country 
trip: an excellent way for those 
with limited time to visit Australia 
and New Zealand. Enjoy 1 hotel 
stay in each country. 5 nights at 
Cairns' Palm Royale Hotel. 5 
nights at Tauranga's Hotel 
Armitage. New Zealand. Air from 
west coast. 3 meals/day. all semi- 
nars, excursions, accommodations 
included in reasonable price. 

Australia's topographical fasci- 
nations include worid's largest liv- 
ing organism, the colort'ul Great 
Barrier Reef teeming with marine 
life, the bio-diverse Rainforestation 
Park, the rugged outback, and 
beautiful beach eco-systems. 
Discover 40,000-year-old 
Aboriginal culture, still vibrant and 
alive today in this land of koalas 
and kangaroos. 

New Zealand offers a varied 
concentration of scenic, geographi- 
cal and cultural wonders: thunder- 
ing geysers, sweeping seascapes, 
Victorian towns, sunny vineyards, 
primeval rainforests. Explore rich 
cultural traditions of the Maoris, as 
well as the welcoming New 
Zealand of today. Visit kiwi farms, 
Maori Meeting Houses, Thermal 
Valley. The tour is enhanced by 
stimulating lectures and excursions 
providing a comprehensive view of 
these countries in a trip of manage- 
able length. Optional 3-night pre- 
trip extension in Sydney. 

All dates, itineraries subject to 
change. For further information, 
contact Noreen Parker, .Alumnae 
Office: (434) 381-6317, fax: (434) 
381-6132, e-mail: 

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Alumnae Return for Summer Alumnae College: 

''Everything Old is New Again: Rebirth in Renaissance Italy'' 

June 10-15,2001 

Back-to-schoolers and their profs, l-r: Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80; Ann MocDonald Corter '97; Allen Huszti; Jane Fitzgerald 
Treherne-Thomas '57; Nonnette McBurney Crowdus '57; John Oberteuffer (husband of Katharine Mockett); Katharine Mockett '66; 
George Lenz; Jonathan Green; Suzanne Bassewitz Mentzinger '52; Linda DeVogt '86 

Alumnae went back to school this summer to explore in 
depth the exciting adventure that was, and is. Renaissance 
Italy. For a week, they enjoyed a series of lectures, labs, and 
sessions that explored the life, culture, art, music, architecture, 
and scientific theory that exemplified one of the most influen- 
tial eras in history. 

Music Professor Jonathan Green chaired the program and 
served as tour guide. "Those who achieved greatness in the 
Renaissance inspire us in our own lives today to emulate their 
passion for lifelong learning." 
Featured sessions and faculty included: 

• "'All Roads Lead to Rome" — Jonathan Green, associate 
professor of music 

• ""Dome Sweet Dome" — Jonathan Green 

• Tour of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 

• ""Italian Painting 101" — Christopher Witcombe, professor 
of art history 

Katharine Mockett addresses group as 
Nannette Crowdus looks on 

Celebrants at the closing dinner. Sweet Briar House, l-r: Lynn Buck (wife of 
Jonathan Green); Jonathan Green; Nannette Crowdus 

• "It All Depends on Your 
Point of View" — 
Christopher Witcombe 

• '"Two and Three-Point 
Perspective Drawing" — 
Laura Pharis, associate pro- 
fessor of studio art 

• "Broken Choirs" — Allen 
Huszti. professor of music 

• ""Birth of the Cool: Early 
Opera" — Allen Huszti 

• ""Riomaggiore and Manarola, Cinque Ten-e. Italy: 
The Creation of Accurate Plans of the Villages from 
1340-1886" — Katharine Mockett '66, Alumnae College 

• Singing Class: Italian Madrigals and Motets — 
Jonathan Green 

• ""Galileo and Heaven" — George Lenz, former dean; 
professor of physics 

• ""Leonardo and Michaelangelo" — Jonathan Green 

• Italian Cooking Class — Dennis Paranzino, Sweet Briar's 
executive chef 

It wasn't all work and no play! Beginning with the festive 
welcoming dinner on the decorated terrace of the Conference 
Center, after-school entertainments included a tour, and cock- 
tails and dinner at the VCCA with the artists in residence; din- 
ner at Isabella's Italian Trattoria, Lynchburg; and a closing 
reception and dinner at Sweet Briai' House. 
Study sessions took place at the Conference Center, where 
breakfast and lunch also were served. Accommodations were 
at the newly-enlarged Elston Inn adjoining the Conference 

Photos by Louise Zingaro, SBC, except as noted 

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Summer 2001 • 39 

Centennial Year Reunion Scrapbook 

"The Time Of Their Lives" 

Ed. note: This e-mail was received from 
Mary Beth Hamlin. Class of '76. We 
thought it said it all! 

There are so many thoughts swimming 
in my head after this weekend. Most 
important is a great big THANKS for 
(making] our 25th such an incredible 
experience for me and for my class- 
mates... People are telling me that they 

The schedule gave each of us the per- 
fect opportunity to see the school, revel in 
memories, talk endlessly, sing, dance, 
ride. pray, dine, act (can't wait to see the 
tape of our skit)... Everything but sleep. 
Yes, it's true, I "pulled an all nighter" 
staying up Friday to talk... 

It was so incredible that several of us 
are talking about coming back next year, 
too... classmates are saying it is too 
tempting a proposition to turn down. 
Going back for a few days to such an 
amazing, invigorating, rejuvenating (and 
fun. fun, fun) environment... Each time I 
am back. I feel again that special Sweet 
Briar aura... What an amazing, multifac- 
eted group our school chums are. 

You have given us a great gift this past 
weekend, and we thank you from the bot- 
tom of our hearts. 

Natalie Roberts Ross '31 and husband William were on hand 
to celebrate Natalie's 70th Reunion. 

Gordon Beemer H'21, wear- 
ing his Centennial button, 
regaled the Saturday 
Convocation audience >vith SB 
stories, representing his late 
wife, Florence Woelfel Elston- 
Beemer '21 and her class- 
mates on their 80th. 

Class of 1941: five of the 10 bock for the 60th arrived in time 
for the Friday dinner in honor of the SOth Class. 

The first annual Reunion Tennis Tournament, 
with participants spanning classes from'01 to 

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The Class of 1946 (SSth), 1 1 -strong, gathered Friday night at the Conference Center. 

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The Fantastic Fiftieth walked away with the Nancy Dowd Burton Award for the largest Reunion gift ($90,906) and the Participation Award (72%) 
for classes celebrating 25th-50th; 39 alumnae, 1 3 husbands had a wonderful time! 

1966 also had an extra-special celebration: 
their classmate. The Reverend Keenan Colton 
Kelsey, led the Chapel Service of 
Remembrance for their 35th. With 28% partici- 
pation, they presented a gift of $4 1 , 1 67. 

1956 gathered in style for the 45th, bringing a Reunion gift of $30,920 with 37% participation. 






Saturday afternoon Alumnae College, "The 
Inscrutable East: Divining Trends in Asian 
Affairs," by Associate Professor of 
Government and International Affairs Jeff Key. 

1961 hod 20 back for the 40th, to celebrate Reunion and to honor classmate Sara Finnegan 
Lycett, recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award at Convocation. Their gift: $55,054, 49% par- 

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Summer 2001 •41 

Group of '71 
Reuners at the lake: 
front, l-r Wendy 
Weiler, Jacqueline 
Penny. Back: 

Montgomery Hebard 
Barbara Smith 
Young; Susan Sellers 
Ewing; Nan Closer 

1971 mustered a group of 31 to mark the 30th! Class gift: $62,931; 36% participation. 

1976 made the most of their 25th, with 51 here to celebrate — and brought down the house with their Convocation skit Their Reunion gift to the Alumnae 
Fund was $52,873, 49% participation. And they won the new "Centennial Award" for largest gift amount to oil funds, from 5th to 50th classes: $1 21 ,8751 

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1981, with 40 here for the 20th, won the Participation Award for Sth-20th classes: 36.9458 participation, gift of $30,203. 


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1986 almost won the Sth-20th Reunion classes participation rate with 36.5207 participation. Call that close! Class gift: $26,555; 
35 came back to The Patch. 

A large crowd gathered early for Ernest Edwards' (wearing hat and binoculars) 
bird-watcher walk. 

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Summer 2001 • 43 

Boxwood Alumnae House 
Centennial Plaque, unveiled in 
Sunday ceremony 

The Class of '91 returned in forte — 45 alumnae — for their 10th, with a gift of $1,900, 18% partici- 

Spring 2001: completion of the r«con 
structed reflecting pool — now with 
fountain — in front of the library. 
Reunion participant enjoys. 

1996 hod 30 on tap for their first "official" Reunion. Their gift: $4,893, 26% participation. 

Centennial Reunion Coke, cre- 
ated by Willie Payne, former 
SBC Food Services Staff. (And 
it was good, too!) 

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'The Attitude of Gratitude'' 

Centennial Year Reunion Senice of 


Sunday. May L\ 2001 

Tlie Reverend Keenan Colton Kelsey '66 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went 
on a camping trip. After a good meal and 
a bottle of wine they lay down for the 
night and went to sleep. Some hours later. 
Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful 

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me 
what you see." 

"1 see millions and millions of stars," 
Watson replied. 

"What does that tell you?" asked 

Watson pondered for a minute, 
astute student that he was. 
"Astronomically, it tells me that there 
are millions of galaxies and potential- 
ly billions of planets. Astrologically, I 
observe that Saturn is in Leo. 
Horologically, 1 deduce that the time 
is approximately a quarter past three. 
Theologically. 1 can see that God is 
all powerful and that we are small 
and insignificant. Meteorologically, I 
suspect that we will have a beautiful 
day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" 

"Elementary, my dear Watson," 
replied Holmes. "Someone has stolen 
our tent." 

Someone has stolen our tent. . . 

Isn't that a wonderful way to think 
about our faith? About our relation- 
ship with God? 

More and more as 1 move through 
my life, 1 feel that I have spent much 
time, like Watson, trying hard to be 
smart and clever — and sometimes 1 
have missed the most elementary 
point — the most basic understandings. 

Lately, those new understandings, 
those basic principles, have focused on 
gratitude. Like most of you here, I have 
struggled with life's hills and valleys. I 
have felt life's storms and challenges, and 
1 have made mistakes I wish I could undo. 
But right now. this moment, after a lot of 
struggle, I am at a very good place in my 
life, and I feel blessed. 

I have two children who are healthy 
and finally doing well — two children who 

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exercised every one of their rebellion 
rights and did so relentlessly! But they 
came through unscathed and 1 think 1 did 

My son is in the army and my daughter 
is married with a baby boy - all of nine 
months - who is. of course, the finest, 
most adorable boy in the world! And. 
after careers in writing and in retail, I 
have another very unexpected career Just 
four years ago I was ordained and two 
years ago I was called as solo pastor to a 
unique and wonderful church in San 
Francisco with a congregation of charac- 
ters. I frequently look over my shoulder, 

checking if it is all really true. 

At the oddest times I have to stop and 
catch my breath, for my chest constricts 
with awe. I've felt my tears welling from 
the throat and chest and collecting just 
behind their spill. 1 am being led by 
Spirit, and I am trusting in God's care. 

Have any of you felt simply stunned, 
paralyzed, awed, by the amazing provi- 
dence of God, by the amazing love of God? 

I don't want to be like the nine lepers, 
thrilled to be healing, but heedless of the 

healer I want to keep the feeling of the 
tenth leper who was so grateful that when 
he turned back to Jesus, he didn't just 
stick out his hand to Jesus, he fell on his 
face! His gratitude overwhelmed him. 

I want to hold on to this feeling so that 
1 can draw on it when I'm not feeling so 
good, when the challenges seem daunting 
and life seems overwhelming. I want to 
incorporate it so soundly, wrap it around 
me so securely that it will be my life vest, 
my buoy, when I'm feeling at .sea in a 
storm. And certainly there will be more 
storms. Those days will be here again. 
I chose this text because, for me, it 
does not just speak of gratitude - it 
shouts of salvation. 

Remember the words of the hymn 
we sang at the beginning of service? 
"Now thank we all our God. with 
hearts and hands and voices..." This 
wonderful old hymn was written by 
Martin Rinckart, a pastor who lived 
in the early 1600s. 

He lived with war and famine and 
pestilence. He buried so many vic- 
tims of plague that he should have 
succumbed himself, if not to the dis- 
ease, to the accompanying depres- 
sion and morbidness. 

He didn't live in a leper colony, 
but his determined dedication isolat- 
ed him every bit as much as those 10 
lepers were isolated. 

Martin Rinckart knew oppression. 
Yet, in the midst of it, Martin 
Rinckart wrote a hymn, a hymn of 
praise and joy! In the midst of strug- 
gle, a thankful heart offered strength. 
illuminated hope, and renewed faith. 
His faith made him whole. 


I want to learn to live like Martin 
Rinckart — with an attitude of grati- 
tude, trusting wholly in God's love. 

There is much to learn from what is, 
after all. a very short story. In the passage, 
Jesus is hailed by 10 lepers. Keeping 
themselves at a respectful distance, they 
cry out, in almost prayerful litany, "Jesus, 
Master, have mercy on us." It comes 
across as a chant, a ritualistic plea. It's 
hard to know what their expectations 
might have been. Perhaps for some food, 
or a blessing. But for complete healing? 
They had a hope born of desperation, but 

Summer 2001 • 45 


I doubt they had such an arrogant expec- 

I wonder what they felt when Jesus 
said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." 
Jesus didn't promise them healing in so 
many words. He asked of them an act of 
faith. Without any blast of trumpets or 
laying of hands, without any ceremony or 
promises or prostration, they were to go 
to the priests and present themselves. 

Confused, surprised, stunned, suspi- 
cious, they must have looked at them- 
selves, still disease ridden. Would a mira- 
cle really happen? What would the priests 
say? Was this simply another ridicule, 
another joke at their expense? Without 
understanding, and without fully daring to 
believe, they nonetheless turned, as a 
group, and started up the road. 

The story tells us they were cleansed 
"as they went." The healing wasn't com- 
pleted with a swipe of a magic wand. It 
was a process. It was in the action of the 
response, that gradually, in small spurts, 
sensation began to return. One by one, 
they started feeling the rub. and scratch, 
and tickle of wounds closing and new 
flesh swelling. 

It's fun to imagine the awe and elation 
of those lepers as this reality sinks in! 
Life is restored! To touch, to run, to 
laugh, to join other people. I like to think 
of them bounding up the hill, presenting 
themselves in awe to the priests, going 
forth with glee, ready to embrace life 
anew. All were healed. All were made 
whole. Or were they? 

Luke tells us that one leper stopped in 
the very midst of rushing forward. Only 
one leper, and a Samaritan, a foreigner to 
boot, turned backward to praise God and 
to thank Jesus. Even Jesus seems aston- 
ished at this. "Were not all 10 cleansed?" 
he asks. "Where are they?" Then Jesus 
says something startling. "Rise and go. 
Your faith has made you well." 

Made you well. "Made you whole," 
say some translations. "Saved you," says 
another. Ten were cleansed. But only one 
was made whole. The Greek word used 
here, sezo, can refer to either physical or 
spiritual deliverance, and Luke certainly 
seems to mean the latter. 

The Samaritan knew how to receive 
the healing love of God offered through 
Christ. The Samaritan was the lone one 
who stopped to give glory to God and 
thanks to Jesus. He didn't just stick out 
his hand to Jesus, he fell on his face! His 

E U N I O 

gratitude overwhelmed him. 

The Samaritan gained a wholeness, a 
wellness, beyond the physical. It's hard 
for me to imagine that the other lepers 
weren't grateful as well. But unspoken, 
unacknowledged gratitude does not do it. 
does not deliver wholeness, does not offer 
salvation. Spoken gratitude, felt gratitude, 
lived gratitude, incorporates the love. 

This gratefulness that is beyond a 
child's polite "Thank You." or a rousing 
"Praise God" is a deep acknowledgment 
that is first of all humbling in the way that 
confession is humbling. In the way that I 
have often felt humbled, awed, even 
unworthy in my life. Who are we to 
receive a gift beyond logic? This sort of 
therapy of thankfulness helps us connect 
to the presence and goodness of God. 

A few weeks ago I was in line at the 
drug store, and I was standing behind a 
biker, you know, a big burly guy with a T- 
shirt and cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve, 
long pulled-back hair and bulging mus- 
cles. Rolling over one of those arm mus- 
cles was a tattoo, which isn't too excep- 
tional, except that this one said "Attitude 
of Gratitude." Because I was staring, I 
remarked to him on it and he grinned. 
"Yep." he said proudly, "I had this done in 
thanksgiving for 10 years of sobriety!" I 
was impressed. I've heard many Twelve- 
Steppers proclaim, "I am a grateful alco- 
holic, I am a grateful addict." It took me a 
long time to understand this, but I'm 
beginning to. Gratitude grows out of 
acknowledging the truths of your life, out 
of persevering, out of asserting your 
strengths. Twelve-Steppers believe noth- 
ing short of terrible addiction could have 
made them see. acknowledge, appreciate 
the real gifts and opportunities right 
before them. Sort of like, "Thanks. God. 
Thanks for knocking me upside the head 
and then for bemg there to put the pieces 
back together. Thanks for your love and 

Most of us have suffered. All of us 
have struggled. And at the end, we are 
like the clay \'ase that one family pulled 
out of the rubble of their Oakland home 
after the devastating fires some years ago. 
The pot survi\ed because it had been 
through the tire once before. We are not 
offered a painless existence, but we are 
offered opportunities for gathering per- 
spective from painful moments. And our 
perspectives are cushioned by the flow of 
gratitude. The rough edges of life, the 


storms that whip our very being, are gifts 
in disguise. We see life anew when the 
storm has vanished. 

A 16'"-century Carmelite monk said the 
same thing in a different way: The point 
is not to strive for joy, and then be grate- 
ful for it. The point is to be grateful for 
life, and then joy will come. An attitude 
of gratitude creates humility, hope, faith, 
and joy, all at once. 

Jesus calls us to recognize that glad- 
ness and sadness are never separate, that 
joy and sorrow really belong together, and 
that mourning and dancing are part of the 
same movement. That's why Jesus calls 
us to be grateful for every moment that 
we have lived and to calm our unique 
journey as God's way to mold our hearts 
to greater conformity with God's own. 

We each have much to be grateful for. 
Our experiences here at Sweet Briar are 
certainly high on our thankful lists. This 
opportunity to return, to remember, and to 
reconnect is one to be appreciated and 
valued. In a few minutes we will read the 
necrology of Sweet Briar alums, and we 
will listen solemnly, but gratefully. We 
will be thankful for their lives, and cele- 
brate their spirits. We will acknowledge 
this amazing cloud of witness, this society 
of saints, of which we are a part. 

Today's message is about attitudes of 
gratitude, and carrying them into the days 
and weeks and years ahead. And in doing 
so, life won't always be easy. Consider 
the hero of our Gospel story. The tenth 
leper may have been healed, but he was, 
after all. still a Samaritan, a foreigner, tra- 
ditionally distrusted and excluded. If he 
hadn't been ill. no way would the other 
lepers ha\e had dealings with him. The 
common tragedy, the mutual misery, drew 
them together. Without it, his friends 
undoubtedly would have deserted him. 
The Samaritan must turn back and face 
his life. But the Scriptures convey that 
somehow it will be different, will ha\e a 
new quality. 

Seeking and receiving the gift of life, 
like the nine lepers, is only half of salva- 
tion. Acknowledging it and living in grati- 
tude for it is the second half for it is grat- 
itude that helps us see the stars without 
the tent. 

God has blessed you all. May God 
continue to bless you. May you live in 
strength, courage, faith, and gratitude. 

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2000 Outstanding Alumna Award To 

Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 

Introduction of Honoree at Reunion 
Convocation. May 12. 2000 
by Kathy Garcia Pegues '71. president of 
tlw Alumnae Association 

It is my great privilege, as president of 
the Alumnae Association, to present 
tiie Outstanding Alumna Award, one 
of Sweet Briar College's most prestigious 
honors. This annual award recognizes an 
alumna who has given outstanding \olun- 
teer service to Sweet 
Briar. The winner of § 
the 2000 award is < 
Sara Finnegan | 

Lycett of the Class @ 
of 1961. Sara has % 
made history at °- 

Sweet Briar by being 
the first alumna and 
the first woman to 
chair the College's 
Board of Directors. 
She held this top 
position for the last 
five years of her 13- 
year service as a 
Board member, from 
1987 to 2000. During 
those years Sara was 
deeply involved at 
the highest level in 
all the key decisions 
which led to Sweet 

Briar's current position of strength in the 
sciences, a strength that has enhanced our 
reputation as one of the leading women's 
colleges in the country. 

I'm delighted that Sara is here to 
receive her award in person and that so 
many of her classmates are here to share 
in the pride that the entire Sweet Briar 
community takes in honoring Sara. 

Since her earliest days at the College. 
Sara has contributed in countless ways to 
the well-being of this institution. As a stu- 
dent, Sara was active in numerous campus 
organizations. I'll mention just a few 
which hint at her lifelong interests and 
involvement; she was a member of the 
Student Government Association; was 

listed in Wlio's Who in American Colleges 
and Universities, was president of the 
Bum Chums. Senior House President, lit- 
erary editor of the Briar Patch, and a 
member of the editorial board of the 
Sweet Briar News. After completing her 
Sweet Briar degree in English, she earned 
a Master of Liberal Arts degree in history 
from Johns Hopkins University in 1965, 
and in 1977, she completed The Executive 
Proaram at the Universitv of Virginia's 

Kathy Pegues presents Sara with a copy of her Resolution and a Sweet Briar Rose pendant. 

Colgate Darden Graduate School of 
Business Administration. 

Sara is the ideal liberal arts graduate; 
her life and career span ""the two cultures" 
of the arts and sciences. Sweet Briar takes 
great pride in her long and very successful 
career with the Baltimore medical pub- 
lishing company, Williams and Wilkins, 
from 1965 until her retirement in 1994 as 
president of the Professional and 
Reference Group. When she was promot- 
ed to president in 1988, the company stat- 
ed: "...she has been actively involved in 
lecturing at various publishing and med- 
ical societies, and has been responsible 
for the publication of many medical books 
which have become classics in their 

respective fields." Sara is the author of 
numerous publications and has presented 
papers both in the United States and 

Also reflecting glory on her alma 
mater is Sara's involvement in civic 
affairs, from the international to the local 
levels. She has served as director and sec- 
retary of the Passano Foundation, an 
international society which awards 
research grants to outstanding medical 
researchers. Her 
interests include 
being very active 
as a docent at the 
Walters Art Gallery 
in Baltimore. She 
has been a trustee 
of St. Timothy's 
School in 
Maryland, and a 
director of 
Women's Industrial 

Sara and her 
husband Ike have 
raised four children 
and are now enjoy- 
ing their grandchil- 

Sara's hobbies 
include gardening 
and travel to the exotic ends of the earth. 
But all of Sara's achievements do not 
fully describe the wonderful personal 
qualities of wit and warmth that have 
characterized her leadership at Sweet 
Briar. We are blessed that her remarkable 
ability is coupled with her deep sense of 
caring and responsibility to her alma 
mater. I am honored indeed to confer 
upon her the 2000 Outstanding Alumna 

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Summer 2001 • 47 



BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar 
College Alumnae Association, assembled on April 
21. 2001, acknowledges with gratitude the historic 
contributions that Sara Finnegan Lycett, Class of 
1961, has made to Sweet Briar College. She was a 
member of the College's Board of Directors from 
1987 to 2000. serving for the last five years of this 
term as the first woman Chairman of the Board. In 
this top position, she led Sweet Briar through a peri- 
od of remarkable development, especially in the sci- 
ences. The 2000 Outstanding Alumna Award which 
was conferred upon Sara recognizes that her impact 
upon the College is immeasurable. 

Upon completing her service on the College 
Board, Sara joined the Sweet Briar Centennial 
Commission. Before becoming a director of the 
College, she served two years on the Board of the 
Alumnae Association as Chair of Region II. During 
The Campaign for Sweet Briar College, she was a 
member of the Science Initiative Committee. A 
strategic thinker and planner. Sara is also most gener- 
ous in her support of the College's material needs. As 
a Williams Associate, she has named Sweet Briar in 
her will. She has been a tireless worker and supporter 
in most of Sweet Briar's major fund-raising efforts, 
in particular the 1990s Science Initiative but also in 
class reunions and the Planned Giving program. The 
Board is also very proud of Sara's professional 
achievements in the field of medical publishing and 
of her many civic commitments in the arts, sciences 
and education. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to 
express its deepest appreciation to Sara for having 
the courage, as well as the ability, to assume the 
highest volunteer role and lead our beloved alma 
mater forward in the ranks of the leading colleges in 
the nation. They do so by way of this Resolution to 
be recorded in the official Minutes and to be trans- 
mitted to her. 

— Kathleen "Katliy" Garcia Pegites'71 
President. Sweet Briar College Alumnae 

— Louise Swiecki Zingaro'80 
Director. Sweet Briar College Alumnae 




Recipients of the 
Outstanding Alumna Award 

1 968 SBC's first graduates. Class of 1 9 1 0: 

Anne Cumnock Miller*; Eugenia Griffin Burnett*; 
Louise Hooper Ewell*; Frances Murrell Rickards*; 
Annie Powell Hodges* 

1969 Edna Lee Gilchrist "26* 

1970 Gladys Wester Horton '30 

1971 Mary Huntington Hanison '30* 

1 972 Phoebe Rowe Peters '3 1 * 

1973 Edith Durrell Marshall '21 * 

1974 Florence Freeman Fowler ' 19* and 
Helen H. McMahon '23 

1 975 Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28* 

1976 Juliet Halliburton Burnett Davis '35 

1977 Martha von Briesen '31 and 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35* 

1 978 Dorothy Nicholson Tate "38* 

1979 Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman '34 

1980 Dale Hutter Harris '53 

1 98 1 Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

1982 Preston Hodges Hiir49 

1 983 Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '4 1 

1984 Nancy Dowd Burton '46* and 
Jane Roseberry Ewald Tolleson '52 

1985 Julia Sadler de Coligny '34* 

1986 Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and 
Sarah Adams Bush '43* 

1987 Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 

1988 Evelyn Dillard Grones '45* 

1989 Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 and 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker'47 

1990 Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

1991 Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 

1992 Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

1993 Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

1994 Clare Newman Blanchard '60 and 

Mildred Newman Thayer '61 

1995 Helen Murchison Lane '46 and 
Adeline Jones Voorhees '46 

1996 Alice Cai^ Farmer Brown '59 

1 997 Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 

1 998 Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

1999 Allison Stemmons Simon '63 

2000 Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 


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Au Revoir to Five Retirees, May 2001 

Dr. Aileen Laing '57 

Professor Aileen "Ninie" 
Laing retired in May after 
teaching art history at SBC 
since 1971. She will live full- 
time at her family home, 
"Bunree," in Amissville, Va. 

Ninie attended Sweet Briar 
for two years as a chemistry 
major, but completed her 
degree from George 
Washington University, where 
she also received an A.B. with 
Honors in art history in 1966. 
She earned a Ph.D. in art his- 
tory from Johns Hopkins 
University in 1971. and also 
studied at the Centre for the 
Fine and Decorative Arts in 
London and the Attingham 
Summer School on Country 

Promoted to full professor 
in 1983, she was honored by 
the Student Government 
Association with the 1990 
Excellence in Teaching Award. 
One of her special fields is 
Sweet Briar's Ralph Adams 
Cram architecture; she is cura- 
tor and co-host (with Director 
of Galleries Rebecca Massie 
Lane) of the Centennial exhib- 
it "Ralph Adams Cram at 
Sweet Briar: Dreams and 
Reality," opening for the 
September 2001 Alumnae 
Council. Ninie designed and 
wrote the script for a walking 
tour of the College's Historic 

She is also known for her 
expertise in English Gothic 
manuscript illumination, espe- 
cially Anglo-Norman 
Apocalypses, for which she 
received a National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities research grant. An 
honorary member of Alpha 
Lambda Delta, she has won 
numerous other honors and 
awards, including SBC 
Faculty Research Grants, the 
G. Noble Gilpin Faculty 
Enrichment Grant, the 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

L to R: Dr. Aileen Laing '57, Professor Paul Cronin, The Reverend Susan Lehman, Dr. George H. Lenz, Dr. John 

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation 
Fellowship, and a Kress 
Traveling Fellowship. 

Ninie helped develop Sweet 
Briar's Strategic Plan and was 
a member of the Campaign 
Leadership Committee in the 
1990s Campaign for Sweet 
Briar College. She has been 
the College's keynote speaker 
on many occasions, addressed 
alumnae clubs across the U.S., 
and been a most popular lec- 
turer on Alumnae Association 
tours abroad, most recently in 
China in May-June, 2001. The 
Alumnae Association Board 
honored her in April with a 
resolution expressing "deepest 
appreciation for enhancing 
Sweet Briar's reputation in the 
academic world while con- 
tributing in innumerable ways 
to the Sweet Briar communi- 

Dr. John McClenon 

Professor of Chemistry 
John R. McClenon began his 
career at SBC in 1965. He 
earned a B.A. degree from 
Grinnell College in 1959 and a 
Ph.D. from the University of 
California at Los Angeles in 
1964, then taught chemistry 
for two years at Milton 

College in Wisconsin. 

A professor much loved by 
legions of chemistry and 
premed students, John's signa- 
ture course was organic chem- 
istry. Always a force in the 
SBC community, he was 
active in faculty governance 
and served on the Faculty 
Senate and many other aca- 
demic committees. From the 
time of his arrival, when he 
supported the College's strug- 
gle to win an integrated admis- 
sions policy, he was known for 
his willingness to step forward 
when there was a need for a 
faculty member to take a stand 
on controversial matters. John 
served on the College's 
Strategic Planning Steering 
Committee and he and his 
wife Molly are generous sup- 
porters of Sweet Briar's 
Science Initiative. 

John also has a remarkable 
record of community service 
outside SBC. He and Molly 
are longtime members of 
Lynchburg's First Unitarian 
Church, the vanguard of social 
causes, and are active in the 
Friends of Lynchburg Stream 
Valleys. As well as lending 
moral support to civic causes. 

John gets out to do "dirty 
work," such as pitching in 
with a group of high-school 
students from the New 
Covenant School to clear rub- 
bish from Lynchburg's down- 
town riverfront. 

John is a well-known musi- 
cian, leading his 15-piece 
Johnny McClenon Band which 
has played at many SBC 
Reunions and Washington & 
Lee events. He also plays the 
clarinet and saxophone in the 
Roanoke and Lynchburg sym- 
phony orchestras. In retire- 
ment, he plans to devote more 
time to his music. 

A very popular personality 
in the area, John was the sub- 
ject of a recent article in 
Lynchburg's News & Advance 
by columnist Darrell Laurant. 
"I believe that if you teach 
organic chemistry correctly, it 
really is easy." John told 
Laurant. Though this remark 
occasioned some incredulity 
among non-chemists, it reveals 
much about John's teaching 
career: making an extremely 
complex subject seem easy is 
a mark of a great artist - or 

Summer 2001 • 49 

Professor Paul Cronin 

Paul Cronin, SBC faculty 
since 1967, retired as profes- 
sor of physical education and 
athletics, and director of the 
Riding Program. He earned his 
B.A. degree from Stonehill 
College and a master's in 
social work from the 
University of Pittsburgh. 

When Paul first arrived, the 
Riding Program consisted of 
about 20 students and recre- 
ational riding in modest facili- 
ties. Today some 200 students 
participate in a comprehensive 
curriculum of 39 basic to 
advanced-level courses. All 
types of riders enroll, from 
seasoned competitors to 
absolute beginners. Paul was 
instrumental in the design and 
construction of the College's 
Harriet Howell Rogers Riding 
Center, recognized as one of 
the premier college facilities in 
the nation. The combination of 
facilities and academic courses 
he developed makes Sweet 
Briar's Riding Program 

An Affiliated National 
Riding Commission (ANRC) 
nationally-recognized judge, 
he holds a No. 1 rider rating 
and has been an American 
Horse Shows Association 
nationally-recognized judge 
for more than 20 years. He has 
ridden and trained top hunters 
at the national level, and 
coached six SBC intercolle- 
giate teams to the title of 
ANRC National Champions. 
Many of his students have pur- 
sued successful equestrian 
careers, notably two-time 
Olympic rider Lendon 
Gray"71. Seeing a need to pro- 
vide educational opportunities 
for horse people outside the 
College, Paul instituted a pro- 
gram of annual seminars and 
clinics open to the public, fea- 
turing world class instructors 
and speakers. (The late 
Jacqueline Onassis attended 
one of these in 1986.) In 1997, 
Paul was honored by the 

50 • Summer 2001 

Virginia Horse Council as 
Educator of the Year. 

In May 1998, at a special 
Riding Reunion, Sweet Briar 
celebrated Paul's 30 years at 
the College, conferring upon 
him two honors: establishment 
of the Paul D. Cronin Chair in 
Riding, and dedication of the 
newly-landscaped stable yard 
in front of the Riding Center, 
named for him. On that occa- 
sion. President Muhlenfeld 
said. "One of the reasons that 
students are interested in the 
Riding Program is the reputa- 
tion that Paul has acquired 
over the last 30 years." 

Paul and his wife Ann have 
moved to Rectortown, VA, 
where they welcome Sweet 
Briar visitors and continue to 
enjoy their beloved horses. 

Dr. George H. Lenz 

George Lenz retired from 
the SBC deanship, but after a 
sabbatical year will return to 
teaching physics in 2002. 

Before being appointed 
"interim dean" in 1990, he had 
gained broad experience with 
SBC's faculty governance sys- 
tem through his service on the 
Personnel Committee, the 
Instruction Committee, and the 
Working Committee of the 
Faculty Advisory Board. 
Under his leadership as dean. 
Sweet Briar dramatically 
enhanced the quality of the 
science programs and devel- 
oped a vigorous and innova- 
tive Honors Program. Strategic 
planning for the College 
resulted in the strengthening of 
traditional offerings, and the 
development of new initiatives 
- most recently the programs 
in Environmental Sciences, the 
Center for Civic Renewal and 
the Summer Research 
Program. The quality and tal- 
ent of faculty members hired 
under Dean Lenz's administra- 
tion insure that the excellence 
which has always been a hall- 
mark of the Sweet Briar facul- 
ty will continue. 

George earned the A.B.. 
M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from 
Rutgers University, then spent 
four years as assistant profes- 
sor of physics at UVA. He 
came to Sweet Briar in 1971 
as associate professor of 
physics and was promoted to 
full professor and named the 
Whitney Guion Professor of 
Physics in 1974. He has pub- 
lished in the fields of experi- 
mental nuclear physics and 
energy loss mechanisms for 
nuclear particles and pioneered 
in the use of videotaped prob- 
lem sessions in teaching 
physics. In addition to teach- 
ing across the spectrum of 
physics courses targeted 
towards physics majors, his 
pedagogic interests have been 
directed toward developing 
courses in science for the lib- 
eral arts student, including 
courses dealing with energy 
resources, meteorology, envi- 
ronmental issues and science 
and society. 

As dean. George provided 
strong, enlightened leadership 
during a time of enormous 
transition. He looks forward to 
working with faculty col- 
leagues in 2002 to develop 
hands-on, interactive science 
courses designed for pre-serv- 
ice teachers. 

The Reverend Susan Lehman 

Susan Lehman's retirement 
marked 1 6 years of service as 
Sweet Briar's chaplain. 

One of the first women to 
be ordained in the Episcopal 
Church in 1977, Susan earned 
a B.A. degree in history from 
Miami University in Ohio, an 
M.A. in history from Xavier 
University, and an M.A. from 
the University of Chicago's 
Divinity School, then complet- 
ed additional studies at the 
University of Chicago, taught 
history and government in a 
public high school, and served 
as parish priest in a combined 
Episcopal/United Church of 
Christ congregation. 

Beloved by students for her 
guidance in matters both spiri- 
tual and practical, she was an 
inspirational speaker for 
countless College events. In 
announcing Susan's decision 
to retire. President Muhlenfeld 
noted: "Susan is an enthusias- 
tic supporter of the mission of 
the College. Although very 
much a doer (her goal has 
always been to have 100 peo- 
ple each week in her house). 
Chaplain Lehman has modeled 
for our students a love of the 
life of the mind. An inveterate 
reader, she encouraged stu- 
dents to read beyond their 
assignments and to discuss 
their reading. As many of our 
faculty and generations of stu- 
dents know, her famous dinner 
discussions have been among 
the principal venues of chal- 
lenging intellectual life outside 
the classroom, and her quiet 
attention to the spiritual life of 
every member of the Sweet 
Briar community who sought 
her counsel has garnered her 
friendship and respect among 
staff members, faculty, stu- 
dents, and parents." 

"Susan has a remarkable 
understanding of what students 
need in the most immediate 
sense," commented Dr. Alix 
Ingber, professor of Spanish 
and associate dean of academ- 
ic affairs. "She cooks for peo- 
ple, drives them to the doctor, 
brings them together over 
books and current events. She 
has made a major contribution 
to intellectual life on campus 
and inspired students to 
become involved in communi- 
ty service. She is a resource 
that cannot be replaced." 

Susan will continue to work 
in a consulting capacity with 
Dean Walker and the co-cur- 
ricular staff while living year- 
round in her Wann Springs 
home with husband John 
Dalzell. who retired in 1999 
from his post as manager of 
the Florence Elston Inn. 

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The association of alumnae at 
its finest 

I was saddened to read of 
Catharine Booker's ['47] death. I 
did not know Catharine well, 
nor had I thought of her in a 
long time, but I suddenly vividly 
remembered a vignette that I 
thought might be of interest to 
other alums. I served on the 
Alumnae Board when Catharine 
was chairman... only one 
term... She telephoned me at 
home one night... I am not clear 
now as to the reason, but I am 
sure that it was to remind me of 
a meeting, or to ask me to do 
some minor thmg. 

I told her that I was going to 
be unable... to do whatever it 
was that she wanted me to do. 
Our son had (and still has) a 
chronic illness. I generally did 
not talk with people much about 
it then, but for some reason...! 
told Catharine about it. 

Although I am sure that she 
was very busy calling a list and 
that I was just one ofmany on 
the list, Catharine completely 
dropped the subject of Sweet 
Briar and the reason for her call, 
and began to talk with me about 
Paul III and his troubles with 
epilepsy. She asked many ques- 
tions, both about him and about 
how I was coping. She talked a 
long time; she gave of herself. I 
felt reassured. 

I later wrote her a letter to 
thank her for her caring con- 
cern, and OS I wrote, it occurred 
to me... that she had shown me 
what the association of alumnae 
was, at its finest. Though we 
were in an Association, she had 
demonstrated to me what real 
alumnae association was. 

Perhaps all of us alums need 
to remember how truly valuable 
the association of alums with 
each other can be. I know I will 
never forget it. Thank you again, 

— Dilly Johnson Jones '54 

Two best things about 
Centennial Weekend 

I am still overwhelmed... 
There were two things I liked 
best about Centennial weekend. 
First, the Awards presentation. 
To me, this program represented 
what is best about Sweet Briar. I 

am pleased that the recipients 
were honored not only for their 
financial contributions, but also 
for their gifts of time and talents. 
It takes the efforts of the entire 
community to make the Sweet 
Briar experience last a lifetime, 
and the award recipients repre- 
sented every facet of Sweet Briar 
life. The committee did a won- 
derful job in selecting these peo- 
ple. The citations were well 
done, and President 
Muhlenfeld's delivery of the 
words made the recipients come 
to life. Truly an historic event. 

The other part of the 
Centennial weekend that I par- 
ticularly appreciated was that 
everyone was there: staff, stu- 
dents, alumnae, faculty, parents, 
friends, all mingling and enjoy- 
ing each other... Bravo 
again... for recognizing that 
everyone would want to be a 
part of this historic event. 

What could hove been a 
logistical nightmare apparently 
went off without a hitch. And 
that takes planning... What a 
memory for the students to talk 
about for the next 60-70 years! 

— Barbara Hastings Carne 

So special for us all 

I just wanted to let you know 
how beautiful and sentimental 
the Centennial affair was for 
me. It was my first time back 
since I graduated and left for my 
Peace Corps site 2 days later By 
far, returning to see SBC has 
been the highlight of my state- 
side experiences... pretty amaz- 
ing since I am in New Orleans. 

I just wanted to thank you 
very much and let you know 
what a great job everyone did 
to make it so special for us all. I 
never expected to cry so much. 
All happy tears of good memo- 

— Kat Madder '95, Loyola 

Congratulations on your 

I was on the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year program in 1 954- 
55. I receive your magazine 
which I enjoy reading. That year 
hod a definitive effect on my life 
as I became a French teacher. 

Congratulations on your 
Centennial celebration which is 

— Norma Shakun, 
Williamsville, VT 


Wow... on amazing job with 
the Gala. The food was great, 
the decorations were breathtak- 
ing and the music was very 
good, too. The fireworks were a 
wonderful way to finish this 
beautiful evening. This gala was 
more than I have ever imagined. 
It was better than in any movie I 
have ever seen. Thank you so 
much for planning this wonder- 
ful event. Everybody loved the 

— Rami Achterberg '01 ! 

An absolutely perfect weekend 

Thank you all for an 
absolutely perfect weekend!...! 
was so glad to be able to partic- 
ipate in such a festive occasion, 
and have many resulting happy 

—Betsy Butler '91 

Sally Ride the perfect choice 

Saturday was wonderful... 
and Sally Ride was the perfect 
choice for keynote speaker Will 
videos of the speech be avail- 
able for sale? I would love to 
have a copy. 

— Nancy Hamel Clark '52 
Ed. Note: Unfortunately we 
do not have copies for sale. 

Sally Ride's address 

...Sally Ride's address was 
inspirational and a "techno- 
marvel," and the Gala last night 
was unbelievable. I LOVED the 
video...! am ready to return to 
Sweet Briar as a student tomor- 


-Kathy Upchurch Takvorian 

What a weekend! 

What a weekend! Wow! 
Right down to the very impres- 
sive fireworks! The Boston Pops 
hove nothin'ori SBC! 

— Addy Eshboch '78 

A wonderful SBC Centennial 

Thank you for the wonderful 
SBC Centennial Celebration 
Weekend... everything was per- 
fect] The details were unbeliev- 
able in every area — food, flow- 
ers, fireworks... Thank you for 
creating a masterpiece. 

— Linda Mae Gabriel '87 

A lovely affair! 

The Sweet Briar Gala 
Centennial Celebration was such 
a lovely affair!. ..Sally Ride was 
such an interesting and inspiring 
speaker and the diverse people 
who received the Centennial 
Award really showed Sweet 
Briar's values, consideration, 
and loyalty to those who have 
been faithful toward the College. 
It truly was a moving ceremony 
to experience! 

— Jan Huguenin Assmus '69 

A wildly successful Centennial 

Congratulations to all for a 
wildly successful Centennial 
Celebration! Thank you for mak- 
ing the day so special for so 
many people. I could just imag- 
ine Miss Indie, Daisy, and Mr. 
Williams looking down on the 
fireworks from Monument Hill, 
and being so very proud! 

— Alice Dixon '82 


The Centennial Alumnae 
Magazine is superb. 
— Mary Izard '52 

Fascinating to read 

I want to comment on the 
great job done on the history of 
SBC magazine. Very impressive 
and fascinating to read. 

— Ann Reisner Bonney'84 

Enjoyed very much 

Just wanted to tell you I 
enjoyed the Alumnae 
[Centennial] Magazine very 
much. That must nave been a lot 
of work! Only have had time to 
skim through it, but will read it 
from cover to cover. 

— Anna Pai '57 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • wwwalumnae. 

Summer 2001 • 51 

etters and e-mails 

Pored over every page 

I have just pored over every 
page of the Centennial issue of 
OUR alumnae magazine. 

It is absolutely right...! really 
appreciate having had the emo- 
tional experience of living 
through the years as I read and 
looked at the pages. 

My special admiration goes 
to you for choosing to reprint so 
many great writings from past 
issues and to Nancy Blackwell 
Marion's Design Group. The use 
of handwriting... the use of pho- 
tos... then the use of ports or 
photos, softened (as in the mind, 

I SWELL with pride today 
over this masterful creation. 
THANKS and PRAISE! Love to 
all at Sweet Briar. 

— Mary Lane Bryan Sullivan 

Very interested in the 
"Changes" chapter 

Congratulations on the beau- 
tiful Centennial Alumnae 
Magazine. I think I read every 
word and gazed nostalgically at 
all the photos. The way the 
material was assembled and put 
together was masterful. 

I was very interested in the 
"Changes" chapter... had often 
wondered how and when the 
various social changes were 

The academic program is 
impressive. The students face a 
real challenge. Cheers for a job 
well done. 

— Shirley Houseman 
Nordhem '42 

always treasure 

Thank you for the Alumnae 
Magazine, March 2001 , that I 
will always treasure. It truly sums 
up the 1 OO years of immense 
changes at SBC, so that all con 
recognize our campus no matter 
what our years of attendance. 
Congratulations on your mar- 
velous work! 

— Sallie Gayle Beck '53 

A world of information about 
our favorite place 

On Saturday the Centennial 
Issue of the Alumnae Magazine 
arrived and has consumed both 
of us ever since. What a master- 
piece! It contains a world of 
information about our favorite 
place, and also it was written 
and designed so as to capture 
the complete attention of the 
reader...! want to thank ALL the 
good folks at SBC whose wit 
and wisdom brought words and 

pictures together with such 
charm that we felt we were reliv- 
ing all those wonderful days of 
our years, and with all those 
wonderful people. 

— Harold B. Whiteman 

What an undertaking 

Really like the new edition 
[Centennial] of the magazine. 
Great job! Congrats to all 
involved — what on undertaking. 

— Nancy Gillies '64 

Next Issue 

Look for memorial tributes to: 

The Reverend Doctor Frank 
M. McClain, 

Sweet Briar College Chaplain 
from 1962-1966 

Charles N. Prothro, 
SBC Board of Overseers/ 
Directors for 1 8 years. 
Board Chairman from 

bulletin board 

Alumnae with media contacts: please check in! 

The SBC public relations office is interested in 
creating a contact list of alumnae who either 
work on the editorial side of the media or who 
hove strong media contacts in their areas. Please 
E-mail the office at 

Richmond Alumnae Club Fund-raiser! 

Richmond is selling the Sweet Briar Rose Flag 
(one flies at Boxwood Alumnae House). Order 

yours now! Cost: 
$50, includes 
shipping. Please 
mail your order, 
with check 
payable to SBC 
Alumnae Club of 
Richmond, to: 
Jennifer E. 
Crossland, 31 1 
Cleveland Street, 
Richmond, VA 
23221, Tel: (804) 



Phone Number: 

Number of Flags: 

Stay in touch with SBC events and activities 

Interested alumnae and friends con subscribe 
to our E-mail for up-to-date news by going to 

Attention All QuiltersU! 

It's not too late for alumnae, students, faculty, 
staff, and friends of SBC to send quilt squares to 
create a quilt to celebrate Sweet Briar's 
Centennial! Because of a good response so far, 
we hove extended the deadline to receive quilt 
squares to OCTOBER 15th, 2001 in the hope of 
producing a BIG quilt. 

Individual quilt squares might portray SBC 
milestones, traditions, events, persons, clubs, 
experiences, and values shaping the College 
over its first hundred years: historical memories 
preserved for the future. The collected squares 
will be professionally pieced together. 

If you still wont to stitch a bit of Sweet Briar 
history, please send for full information and 
guidelines. Hurry! Contact: Joan Lucy, 
Centennial Coordinator, Alumnae Office, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. Phone; (434) 381-6165; FAX: 
(434) 381-6132; e-mail: 


Reunion coverage, Centennial issue's Class 
Notes supplement, p. 25: In the 1940 class 
photo, Clara Call Frazier is identified as Betty 
Frantz Roberts. We apologize! 

Area Code Change 

Sweet Briar's area code, as of June 1 , 2001 
changed from 804 to 434. 

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Katie Dudman 

Katie Dudman '99 Wins 
Photography Award 

Katie Dudman, a student at Brooks 
Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, 
CA, had one of her worlds selected by 
Photo District News magazine for inclu- 
sion in its May 2001 issue. It depicts a 
priest, "Father Vince," whose ministry 

includes hospice 
^TH^-^^^ ^m care. The photo was 
^f ^^^^L^M especially challeng- 
K ,-» _^ p ing because the 
# i^ ■ \ subject gave her 

. tJM f ' just five minutes of 

his time. Katie says, 
"i love this shot, 
though it represents 
more beginner's 
luck than great 
judgment." She traveled to New York to 
accept the award. 

Her latest coup is a book jacket "shoot," 
a portrait of the author. "I met her at a 
wedding reception; she is flying me to her 
hometown to do the shoot." 

Katie credits Sweet Briar with her bur- 
geoning photography career — "I am confi- 
dent in crowds and have received many 
assignments due to the personality and 
people skills that I acquired at the 

A history major at SBC, she is now 
working toward a second bachelor of arts 
degree, in photography, at the Brooks 

Katie's photo may be viewed at 

Laura Reither '02 Wins 
Prestigious Gold>vater 

Laura Reither, Summerville, SC, is 
among 302 students nationwide to receive 
the highly selective Barry M. Goldwater 
Scholarship for 2001-2002. 

The Goldwater Scholars were selected 
on the basis of academic merit from a field 

Laura Reither 

of 1 , 1 64 mathematics, science, and engi- 
neering students nominated by faculties at 
U.S. colleges and universities. The 
Scholarship Program was designed to fos- 
ter and encourage outstanding students to 
pursue careers in those fields. 

Laura was awarded $7,500 to help 
cover costs of her senior year at SBC. 

"Laura is absolutely 
exceptional — 
incredibly intelli- 
gent, observant, 
sensitive to others, 
and very well- 
organized. She will 
make a fine scien- 
tist," said Dr. Susan 
Piepho, professor 
of chemistry, who 
nominated her for 
the award. 

Laura, a biochemistry and molecular 
biology major elected to Phi Beta Kappa as 
a junior, is working toward an honors 
degree, doing research on a chemically- 
related environmental issue. She has 
served as Student Government treasurer 
and Orientation chair for the Class of 2005. 

"Sweet Briar has given me so many 
opportunities," she said. "I was doing 
research in the chemistry department my 
first year. I doubt 1 would have received 
this award if I hadn't had the opportunities 
Sweet Briar gave me." 

Following graduation, Laura plans to 
attend graduate school to study structural 
biology and the way in which proteins 
interact with drugs. 

Marian Spivey and Ariana 
Wolynec-Werner Awrarded 
Presidential Medal 

Marian Spivey, Henderson, KY. and 
Ariana Wolynec-Werner, Edinboro, PA, 
were named the 2001 Presidential 
Medalists at the February Academic 
Recognition Dinner. 

The Presidential Medal honors up to 
three seniors who have demonstrated 

Marian Spivey 

exemplary intellectual achievement and 
distinction in some or all of the following 
areas: service to the community, contribu- 
tion to the arts, enlargement of our global 
perspective, athletic fitness and achieve- 
ment, leadership, and contributions to com- 
munity discourse. 

Marian Spivey, 
an international 
affairs major with 
minors in Spanish 
;ind French, was a 
Phi Beta Kappa, 
sionma cum laude 
graduate, receiving 
The Pauline 
Roberts Otis Award 
in French at 
Other awards earned at Sweet Briar 
include the Daughters of the American 
Revolution Good Citizenship Award and 
the Manson Scholarship. She is a Betty 
Bean Black Scholar, Kenmore Scholar, and 
member of Alpha Lambda Delta. 

President of the German Club and an 
officer in the Inter Varsity Christian 
Fellowship, Marian worked with Habitat 
for Humanity and was a member of the 
Academic Affairs Committee, French and 
Spanish clubs, and Dante Alighieri Society. 

She studied in SBC's Junior Year in 
Spain Program for a semester during soph- 
omore year and at the Institut d'Etudes 
Politiques in Paris junior year; she also has 
a working knowledge of German and 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Wolynec-Werner, a 


Rickards Scholar, 

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double majored in 


religion and gov- 

H^-i- a 

ernment and 

m.^^^ m 

minored in per- 

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formance dance. A 

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Phi Beta Kappa, 

Ariana Wolynec- 

sitmma cum laude 

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graduate, she received The Maxine Garner 
Prize in Religion at Commencement. Other 
accomphshments include nomination as a 
Truman Scholar junior year and member- 
ship in Alpha Lambda Delta. She made the 
National Dean's List, and held a Pannell 
Honors Scholarship and Sweet Briar 

Ariana maintained leadership roles in 
many activities: Unity Club. College 
Republicans. Paint & Patches, Taps and 
Toes. Phi Alpha Delta. Amnesty 
International and the Student Government 
Association. She served on the Academic 
Affairs Committee as the Department of 
Religion's representative, the Orientation 
Chair Selection Committee, and the 
Amherst County Arts Day Steering 
Committee. She participated in many 
internships, most recently working for the 
U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and 
Administration, and Joint Congressional 
Committee on hiaugural Ceremonies, help- 
ing to design and create the Inauguration 
Web site and the Rules Committee Web 

Author Debbie Massie 
Thurman'76 usinq o>vn 
experiences to help others 
with MDD 

By Mike Morell 

Staff writer, Amherst New Era-Progress 

Reprinted with permission fivm the 312100 
edition of the Amherst New Era-Progress 

After almost 20 years of dealing with 
Major Depressive Disorder, Debbie 
Thurman of Madison Heights has emerged 
victorious and has written a book to help 
others with their battles. 

From Depression to Wholeness: The 
Anatomy of Healing, is the story of Debbie 
Thurman 's descent into depression, her 10- 
year battle with it and her recovery, using a 
combination of medical, psychiatric and 
spiritual therapies. 

Thurman was bom Debbie Massie in 
Lowesville. Her father was a building con- 
tractor and an alcoholic with a family histo- 
ry of depression. Her mother was a school- 
teacher who was the last teacher at St. 
Paul's Mission at Bear Mountain. She has 
three brothers, one of whom also suffers 

from depression brought on by drug abuse. 

While in high school Thurman devel- 
oped an interest in journalism. After high 
school she attended Sweet Briar College, 
where she graduated in 1976 with a bache- 
lor's degree in English. While in college 
she worked part-time for two years for the 
Amherst New Era-Progress. 

After college and eight months traveling 
around Europe. Thurman joined the U.S. 
Marine Corps in 1977 as a second lieu- 
tenant where she served as a Media 
Operations Officer. 

Following a failed marriage while in the 
Marines, Thurman met and married Russ 
Thurman, a fellow Marine. After leaving 
the Marines in 1981, the Thurmans moved 
to California where she continued her writ- 
ing career. She joined the Marine Corps 
Reserve and served five more years, retir- 
ing as a captain. 

It was during this time that her depres- 
sion set in. She found that she could not 
always work, and at times could barely 

■"There were 
times when I just 
wanted to die and 
have it done with," 
said Thurman. 
■"Had it not been for 
my husband and 
children I probably 
would have died." 
She stressed that 
she could not have 
recovered without the support and patience 
of husband Russ. 

"TTie biggest frustration for Russ was a 
feeling of total helplessness," she recalled. 

It was their strong religious faith, the 
support of friends and pastors and the med- 
ical and psychological therapy that eventu- 
ally led to her recovery. 

In 1988 she started the combination of 
therapy and medication which eventually 
led to her recovery. It took two years of 
experimentation to get the right medica- 
tion. It was during her recovery process 
that Thurman decided to write her book. 
After combing bookstores and libraries she 
came to the conclusion that there was a 
need for a layman's resource to recovery 
from Major Depressive Disorder. Her 

Debbie Thurman 

background and experience in joumalism 
and writing, her recovery from depression 
and frustration at the lack of information 
combined to produce From Depression to 
Wholeness: The Anatomy of Healing. 

Thurman is now back in Amherst 
County where her journey began. She 
plans to travel around the country to con- 
duct seminars on depression and the hope 
for and means to recover. 

The work has been praised by doctors, 
counselors and clergy as a much needed 
resource. Debbie TTiumian can be contact- 
ed through Cedar Publishers at P.O. 
Box 399. Monroe. VA 24574 or via e-mail 
at cedarhousepub(5) . 

Ed's note: Since this article was written. 
Debbie has published a second book. 
Joumaling From Depression To 
Wholeness: A 12-Week Program for 
Healing. She has traveled as far as 
California to present workshops. Both 
books are available through Cedar House 
Publishers and on their soon-to-be- 
launched Web site, wwiwcedarhousepub- as well as via online hook- 
stores. Debbie plans to publish a third 
book. Hold My Heart: A Teen's Journal for 
Healing and Self-worth, later this year 

Tia Trout ^02 Named a 
Truman Scholar — One of 
Only 70 Nation>vide 

Tia Trout. Louisa. KY. is among 70 

recipients from 5 1 colleges and universities 
nationwide to 
receive the highly 
selective Truman 
Scholarship. The 
Harry S. Truman 
Scholarship recog- 
nizes college jun- 
iors with exception- 
al leadership poten- 
tial who are com- 

Tia Trout '02 mitted to careers in 

government or 

elsewhere in public service. 

For full story, see "A Tale of Two 

Trumans," page 24. 

54 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogazine • 

c ass notes 


President and Secretary: 
Sally Callison Jamison 

And then there were 27! That's the 
number of surviving '29ers recorded 
by the college. 

Encouraged by this news I called 
Virginia Lee Campbell Clinch in Dallas 
Texas. I hadn't heard from her in years 
and naturally feared the worst. It was 
her 95" birthday which she was about 
to celebrate with her son Nick and 
daughter Lee and their families coming 
from California and Colorado. It was a 
short but satisfactory call as she 
sounded as if all is well with her. 

Helen Schaumleffel Ferree is still 
living at home, "missing her dog of 15 
years" but enjoying life with her weekly 
club of 60 years and the nonagenarian 
members who in her words are her 
dearest friends. 

Alwyn Redmond Barlow's daughter 
Jackie Burafield wrote asking for help 
in finding the whereabouts of Jessie 
Exiey Wooten. Alwyns friend and 
classmate. Jackie said that Alwyn is no 
longer able to write but that Sweet 
Briar was always dear to her heart. She 
is 91 and lives in an assisted living 
facility in Colombia, SC. 

Izzy North Goodwin, in her own 
words, is still "on her feet". She spent 
her first Christmas ever away from 
Augusta visiting her granddaugher in 
Florida. It was a fun experience for her. 
Now she is awaiting the arrival of her 
14'" great grandchild. She adds that 
while she finds it confusing to remem- 
ber the birthdays she is feeling well 
and is "truly blessed". 

Sue Tucker Yates "admits to some 
aches and pains but nothing serious." 
She spent Christmas holidays with her 
preacher son and family in Washington 
DC. and had grand times returning 
home in time for a New Years Eve 
party. She has also visited with her 
other children in Blowing Rock and 
Asheboro N.C. Her son Ogburn Gates 
has converted their family farm outside 
of Asheboro into an 18 hole golf 
course. The course is located on A 1 m 
a beautiful area of rolling hills. 

Dorothea Paddock Seeber's book 
"A Boy Just for Me" was published in 
2000 after which there was a book 
party held at St. Barnabas Episcopal 
Church in Irvington. New York. Since 
then Dorothea has had eye surgery and 
is being cared for by her daughter, the 
Reverend Sister Laurian Seeber. 
Dorothea and her daughter have 
moved to Barre, VT where Sister 
Laurian is serving as Assisting Priest at 
Christ Church, Montpelier, VT. 

I have just had a telephone visit 
with Ginny Chafee Gwynn who lives in 
Bentley Village, a beautiful retirement 
home in Naples. She has lived in 
Naples for years so it has been an easy 
transition. She has survived her chil- 
dren but is pleased to have grandchil- 
dren living in North Florida not too far 
distant from her. She reports that her 
life falls into a peaceful routine of 
church, hair salon, and duplicates 
bridge. I hope to have lunch with Ginny 
before I leave. Evaline Thoma writes, 
"Things have been calmer here. The 
President of Sweet Briar was here in 
Springfield in September and came out 
to see us. which was a pleasure. I'm 
going to Arizona the end of February." 

In November, I made a brief visit to 
SBC to attend the dedication of the 
Florence Elston Beemer Conference 
Center, Gordon Beemer is a childhood 
friend, and as I knew Florence as well, 
it was the privilege of Pat Potter 
Duncan '41 and me to be guests of the 
college at the occasion. Privilege is the 
right term for our stay as we were 
warmly welcomed by Gordon in a limo, 
housed in elegant rooms, pho- 
tographed, and invited to share the 
final dinner at President Betsy 
Muhlenfeld's table. The Conference 
Center will be a source of pride, com- 
fort, and joy to all alumnae as well as 
to conferees. Especially pleasant was 
our cordial reception at the Alumnae 
House visiting with our friends, old and 
new, the staff, and with our new asso- 
ciate director, Margaret Ann 
MacDonald Carter '97. 

I celebrated my 93'" birthday in 
Cincinnati with my daughter, Jane '59 
and husband, Frank Messer, my two 
grandsons and granddaughter, and 
eight little great grandchildren all under 
eight. It was heartwarming and fun. 

My niece Bess Smith Stone '58 
and husband were here for a visit as 
well as grandson Jamie and family and 

After faxing this letter I plan to 
relax until late April when Jane will 
come to pack me up, and drive home. 
We will be in Alden, Ml again this sum- 

Let's keep flapping on toward 2002. 
Love, Sally 


President: Marjorie Ward Cross 
Secretary: Virginia Squibb Flynn 
Fund Agent: Eleanor Wright Conway 

Mildred Larimer writes from her 
home in Honolulu that she travels 
alone to England in July to visit 
Balmoral and Sir Walter Scott's home 

(castle). She had been reading a lot of 
his books and his biography. Also, 
spent three days in Oxford, went to art 
museums in London and Edinburgh, 
and had a ten day cruise on the 
"Norwegian Wind" to Mexico. "Lucky 
Larimer" our beauty classmate. 

Sad to hear from S.O. that 
Margaret Bennett Cullum died June 
16. 2000. 

Barbara Munter Purdue writes. 
"Hard to believe that it has been 70 
years since we graduated from SBC. I 
have very few chances to spend win- 
ters in Hawaii." Enjoys her family, hus- 
band, and 5 children, nine great grand- 
kids. Kay Scott Soles writes, "Still here 
and planning to leave my paintings to 
Pannell Galleries at Sweet Briar." 

Eleanor Wright Conway writes 
from her retirement home, The Forum 
in Indianapolis, about a wonderful trip 
to Fairbanks, AK to visit her grand- 
daughter, Meg. and five great grand- 
kids. Laura'61 is doing well so you see 
El has many family and friends nearby. 
She sends love and God's blessings to 
all her dear classmates as I Squibby 
do. "Keep in touch". Fondly. Virginia 
Squibb Flynn (Mrs. James Flynn) 


Secretary: Martha Lou Lemmon 


Fund Agent: Elizabeth Bond Wood 

Mary Lee Ryan Strother's daugh- 
ter. Sarah Strother King '64, from 
Luxembourg, has had a long visit with 
her in Washington. Mary Lee is 
appalled at a picture of Sweet Briar that 
labels the buildings we used to know 
as "the historic district." I guess at 
eighty-seven we are historic and will 
just have to get used to it. As Dottle 
Prince Oldfield says, "I never dreamed 
I'd live to be this old." But she lives 
alone, walks a mile a day. works the 
NY Times crosswords, plays bridge 
every week and goes to church on 
Sunday. A well-rounded life for us. 
Betty Suttle Briscoe and Chris sagely 
"went to San Antonio to test our vigor 
as tourists." They passed. Onward to a 
Mississippi cruise! Ann Corbitt Little, 
sans test, joined the Sweet Briar Elbe 
cruise and trip to Berlin. She found 
them good. At SB for Founders' Day 
she rued the absence of Connie 
Burwell While whose ailing husband 
prevented her receiving in person the 
Alumnae Award. Nancy Hotchkiss 
Boschen. after a trip to a granddaugh- 
ter's wedding in Denver, comments as 
we all might: "I hate airports." Maggie 
Ross Ellice has left New Hampshire for 
New Jersey (42 Pheasant Run Road, 

Flemington, NJ 08822) and doesn't 
mind at all being warmer. Lib Scheuer 
Maxwell has also made a move, all of 
two blocks, (to 67 Legare St.. Apt. 307. 
Charleston, SC 29401) where she 
admires the elevator. Ruth Myers 
Pleasants, who has worked long, hard 
and willingly for the arts in Winston- 
Salem, says she's now a "consumer" 
and supporter Carrying on are younger 
hands, such as her close friend Claire 
Cannon Christopher, SB '58. none 
other than daughter of our Cordelia 
Penn Cannon Smut Mayfield 
Roughton says they are well, and 
pleased to have a grandson starting at 
U Va Jane Morrison Moore Leak 
enjoys a retirement home and main- 
tains her house to entertain her four 
children, with all their branches and 
twigs. She's teaching her Bible Class 
too Helen Hanson Bamford is still at 
home, not sure it's a good idea. "I 
should have given up my farm busi- 
ness and moved into retirement living. 
Probably wouldn't like it!" Marcia 
Morrison Curtis does like it and is 
busy and healthy. Helen Hofficker 
Roehm is ill and Nan Russell Carter is 
recovering from summer surgery, but 
both are up to writing me. Mary 
Pringle, I think, never did. Now 1 have 
her obituary with a 1999 photo that 
looks exactly as we remember her It 
carries a glowing account of "Miss 
Pringle's Nursery School" that she built 
up through the years. I admire those 
who've built up. My life has been var- 
ied and joyful but no Big Product. Last 
month took me to an Elderhostel in 
Phoenix, and a scorpion hunt with my 
niece who nightly cases the outer walls 
of their house with a black light in 
which the critters will glow. And we got 


President: Janet MacFarlan 


Secretary: Frances Bailey Brooke 

Bless all you good gals who sent 
me the latest news of you and your 
families! Molly Talcott Dodson didn't 
wait for the card to write about her 
spend-the-day visit to Sweet Briar in 
April with a friend from '53 who was 
showing her granddaughter the cam- 
pus, Molly's visit to the Alumnae House 
revealed a large picture of Ginny 
Faulkner Mathews and Maud Carson 
Tucker Drane. Later at the entrance to 
the Pannell Art Gallery (formerly the 
Refectory) Molly spied a handsome 
memorial to Betty Mead Smartt 
Johnson and the Johnson family Molly 
says, "We may be antiques but are still 

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a small part of our time at Sweet Briar 
today!" E. Griffith Dodson IV arrived at 
Christmas, adding a fifth grandson to 
Molly's four now all in graduate 
school. Grif remains in an assisted liv- 
ing facility where he has been for sev- 
eral years with Alzheimer's. Children 
and grandchildren are all in close 

Golf and bridge keep Moselle 
Worsley Fletcher busy. Sounds very 
energetic for 83! She hears from Vesta 
Murray Haselden at Christmas 

Wonderful to have a card from 
Sarah Tomlinson Foscue after a long 
time. Jimmie is not in good health so 
they keep pretty close to home in High 
Point. But she did enjoy a lovely week- 
end at the Greenbrier in early 
December with her daughter Sally 
Merrill and daughter-in-law Lynn. 
Sarah's son Tom and his wife Cyndee 
who live in Westlake Village. Ca., 
attended President George W, Bush's 
inauguration and festivities. They were 
at Harvard Business School together 

Summer and fall travel have kept 
Isabelle Franke DeGraaf busy A visit 
to her sister in Maine to see her new 
home and then to Highlands, NC with 
her children to visit the places where 
they vacationed together when young. 
A fun train ride through the mountains 
was included. 

A wonderful Christmas letter from 
Marge Thaden Davis gave all the news 
of herself and her family. Marge contin- 
ues as an usher and lay reader at her 
church, Saint Luke's in Somers, NJ, 
and takes turns hosting social hours 
and bridge parties. She attended her 
husband's family reunion in York, SC 
with her children and she keeps up 
with the busy activities of her children 
and grandchildren. 

Barbara "Fergle" Hill is still enjoy- 
ing her life between Florida (winter) 
and Cape Cod (summer). She and her 
neighbor Mary Ann Housel Carr have a 
great time on the Cape with all their 
kids, grandkids and great grands! 
Janet MacFarlan Bergmann lives 
about 20 minutes away and there are 
several more recent graduates of 
Sweet Briar in her "compound"-a real 
Briar Patch on Cape Cod! Fergie still 
plays a little tennis and more golf. Her 
husband Larry celebrated his 90'" birth- 
day in December and they are both 
"hanging in." 

A card from Rosemary Reese, 
Barbara Cross Reese's daughter-in- 
law, writing for Barbara, says that 
Barbara is battling Parkinson's Disease 
and is now living at Kirkland Village, an 
assisted living facility in Easton, Pa. 
She has three children: Evan, an 
orthopaedic surgeon in Easton, Bill, a 
teacher in the Stroudsburg, Pa. school 
district, and Debbie who manages a 
physician's office in Shamokin, Pa. 
Barbara dotes on her three children 
and nine grandchildren, and sends her 
best to all her Sweet Briar friends. 

Hope to see Carolyn Staman 
Ogilvie in June when she and her hus- 

band attend the 7" Washington and Lee 
University graduation in her family here 
in Lexington. That's bound to be a 

Shirley Haywood Alexander is 
leading a very active lifestyle in a lovely 
retirement cottage in Raleigh. She trav- 
els often with friends to play bridge at 
the beach or to a great hotel for the 
weekend and joins tours with the NC 
Historical Society. She recently saw 
Dot Thomas Upton in Winston-Salem 

A card from Margaret Weimer 
Shepherd says that her husband 
Walter died in late Movember at age 96 
of Parkinson's Disease, though, fortu- 
nately, he hadn't been sick very long. 
Their two sons are nearby and two 
grown grandsons are still in college- 
Brown and Hamilton. Another one is 
"hanging out" on a beach in Hawaii! 
Two other younger ones live in 
Winchester Va. but visit often. 
Margaret is well but has back problems 
and can't travel. 

Josephine McCandlish Sutton is 
enjoying life at Westminster Canterbury 
Retirement Home in Winchester with 
several other St. Catherine's alumnae. 
While visiting her daughter Becky in 
Marblehead Jo became ill and was 
hospitalized there for several weeks 
before returning to Va. She keeps in 
touch with Molly Dodson and many 
other Richmond friends. 

No classmates in Dallas for Nancy 
Old Mercer to see but she occasionally 
visits with other Briarites at S.B. gath- 
erings. Her SB. graduate daughter who 
lives with her is Head of the Upper 
School of Dallas. Nancy has three chil- 
dren in Dallas, another nearby and can 
boast of 10 grands from age 27 to 5! 

We're looking forward to seeing 
Kitty King Corbett Powell when she 
comes to Lexington in April for 
George's BS^VMI Reunion. Her late 
husband was George's classmate. Kitty 
toured Wales last summer with the 
SB. Alumnae Group and roomed with 
Ruth Tempest (Class of '42). We took 
a similar Alumnae trip to Scotland in 
1999 with Kitty and Ruth and had a 
great time. 

George and I stay active, though 
some days are better than others! He 
attends the fitness center several days 
a week but I get my exercise in simpler 
ways. The Bailey Family Reunion in 
Hendersonville, NC in July was a lot of 
fun. We enioyed a wonderful cruise on 
the Rhone and Saone Rivers in 
Provence in September and we are 
planning another trip to Japan in May. 
Our granddaughter Catherine who was 
married again last June is expecting in 
July, so we look forward to having a 
second great grandchild this year 

Sadly, we have lost two classmates 
recently Denise DuPont Zapffe died 
last year and Virginia Guild Colmore 
died in Chattanooga, Tn. January 1, 
2001 . The Alumnae office will write to 
their families, and their names will be 
read at the Alumnae Memorial Service 
held during Reunion in the spring. 

Sweet Briar College's one hun- 
dredth birthday is being celebrated this 
year with all kinds of gala festivities. 
Announcements of the various special 
dates will be mailed and I hope that 
some of us can attend. 

Take care, girls, and don't forget 
our 65'" Reunion coming up in 2003! 


Editor's correction: Augusta Saul 
Farrier's name was misspelled in the 
class notes accompanying the centen- 
nial alumnae magazine. Augusta's 
daughter Betsy (SBC'70) lives in 
Charlotte, NC (not Charlottesville). We 
regret the errors. 


Secretary: Ruth Mealand Schwartz 

Greetings again from a previous 
Class Secretary as Polly Boze 
Glascock asked to be relieved, having 
done a superb job for the past five 
years. She was one of the loyal class- 
mates who attended our 60'" Reunion in 
2000. Then she and Jim were able to 
travel to Polly's beloved France, taking 
a cruise up the Rhone River from 
Provence. At home, Polly is still volun- 
teering at Richmond's Museum of Fine 
Arts and at her church. She is also a 
great help to me by sending news 
about our classmates. Polly saw Marie 
Gaffney Barry (SBC '40-'41 ) a few 
months before she passed away last 
September in New Canaan, CT Blair 
Bunting Both and Rich are in good 
health, enjoying their new retirement 
home in Kennett Square, PA. Blair also 
attended our 60th, and continues her 
longtime volunteer work with the 
Hospice Bereavement group in nearby 
Wilmington, DE. plus is taking two or 
three classes at the nearby Academy of 
Lifelong Learning, taught to those over 
50. Rich still continues his experimen- 
tal greenhouse work at the famous 
Longwood Gardens three days a week, 
to which Blair frequently walks, as it is 
only five minutes from home. Last 
summer they flew to Colorado to see 
their grandchildren, Anna 13 and Ian 
10 Mariana Bush King and Bob trav- 
eled to Highlands. NC for a month, 
leaving their home on a beautiful lake 
where they have lived for 50 years in 
Avon Park. FL. Mariana is proud that 
six of their eight 'grands' are married, 
while three others are In college and 
one in high school. Helen Cornwell 
Jones and Homer are now settling into 
their new retirement home called 
"Meadow Lakes" in Hightstown, NJ. It 
is only 10 miles East of their former 
home in Princeton. Helen transplanted 
her love of gardening to her new rose 
garden and to the plants in the Health 
Care section. She still finds time for fit- 
ness workouts and dips in the pool — 

as well as finding time to help Homer 
launch The Center for Christian Origins 
on the premises, which they hope will 
become affiliated with Princeton's 
Theological Seminary. A wonderful sur- 
prise greeted Helen when she saw 
Barbara Smith Whitlock move into her 
building. They were roommates: now 
they are Happy Hour mates! Margaret 
("Maggie") Dowell Kearney is still at 
her McLean, VA address, where she 
now is dependent upon a new ocular 
machine to help her read and write, 
since developing macular degeneration. 
Her sons and their families grow and 
prosper Elizabeth (Nickie) Gockley 
McLellan writes from her and Bob's 
Garden City, NY home even though 
Nickie's arthritis in her hands, knees 
and ankles bothers her She still gets 
out to play nine holes of golf though as 
often as possible. They visited their 
oldest son and his wife in Lennox, MA: 
then spent three days with them at 
Tanglewood. The McLellens announce 
the birth in late summer of their 5th 
great-grandchild. Nickie sees Ethel 
("Butch") GurneyBetz (SBC '41). 
Another one attending our 60'" was 
Georgia Herbert Hart. Her grand- 
daughter Alicia Hart, was on campus 
to treat her to tours, a voice recital and 
an art exhibit, as well as a golf session. 
In the Southwest, writing from the 
high desert area on a hill in Silver 
Creek, NV. near Elko, is Ellen 
McClintock Templeton. In the winter, 
with Charles. Ellen goes RVing in their 
new motor home, to spend two 
months in San Diego. Mary Miller 
Sharp and Robert are more often than 
not in and out of the country, though 
their home base is Baltimore. Another 
happy traveler is Jean Tyree Oseth, 
who had a great trip to France last 
June, visiting Paris and the Loire Valley 
with her children. Back home in 
Alexandria, VA, Jean is the archivist for 
The National Society of Colonial 
Dames. Smithsonian archival work and 
also at a historic house in Georgetown 
as well as at a very old apothecary 
shop in Alexandria fills her spare 
hours Jean sees Ruth Collins Henry 
who looks fine now and who has 
recently bought a house in Leesburg, 
VA near her daughter and a new grand- 
child. Renting a house last July on Oak 
Island, NC, to accommodate all six 
children, one spouse and four 'grands' 
allowed Cynthia Noland Young and 
Karl a week of being with their family, 
and their first chance to meet their 
youngest granddaughter who turned 
one year old on July 16. Though 
Cynthia and her husband each have 
had cataract operations, using the mar- 
velous new techniques, yet she is still 
able to volunteer at their Southport, NC 
library, doing Publicity, and at their 
hospital's weekly Flea Market. In Oct., 
the Youngs cruised out of nearby 
Wilmington. NC to Bermuda, sailing 
right past their house on the Cape Fear 
River Jacqueline ("Jackie") Sexton 
Daley is thankful that she is still well 

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and strong enough to keep house and 
cook, often for extra family members 
who work nearby in her Belmont/San 
Francisco area. She still belongs to 
AAUW, plays bridge and always helps 
at her church, especially in the Thrift 
Shop, In September she went to 
Canada with her African daughter, to 
visit another Kenyan who had lived 
with the Daleys while attending school 
here. I heard from Rosemary Bjorge 
Johnson at Christmas. She is settled in 
her condo in Madison. Wl, where 
either her children visit her, or vice 
versa Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens 
recently wrote that last summer was a 
busy one, with her family visiting her in 
St. Joseph, Ml. Otherwise, she volun- 
teers at their local theatre, concerts 
and library. 

Mildred Moon Montague is still liv- 
ing in Lookout Mt., TN, but at a new 
address, which has her now living next 
door to some of her grandchildren. She 
plans on having her whole family for 
Thanksgiving at "The Cloister". Her 
middle son. Rick, is legal head of SE 
Environmental Movement, traveling fre- 
quently to Charlottesville, where sever- 
al great nieces have graduated from 
UVA in the past few years. It is hard to 
keep up with Emory Gill Williams and 
her growing family, the latest being a 
great grandson born in March 2000. In 
June, another grandson, son of 
Oabney Williams McCoy (SBC '65) 
was married. Afterwards, the 
Williamses spent June 14 to Sept. 8 at 
their summer cottage in Maine, from 
where they took a side trip to Nova 
Scotia and Prince Edward Island, driv- 
ing about 2000 miles. Back home in 
Richmond, they do a lot of walking and 
golfing. A short note from Lisa Pugh 
Worthing has her still living with 
Clifford in their home of many years in 
Cincinnati, OH. Her handwriting indi- 
cates that she is not well. Though 
Agnes Spencer Burke's pinched nerve 
in her neck is "a pain", it did not keep 
her from attending a grandson's wed- 
ding — "akin to a coronation" — last 
May. This young couple now lives near 
Agnes in Alexandria, VA. However, she 
is now looking forward to retiring at 
"Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue 
Ridge" near Charlottesville. 

Eleanor ("Ellie") Snow Lea appre- 
ciated our Class President's letter fol- 
lowing our 60" Reunion, telling about 
the weekend. I too, was grateful to 
receive a copy. I believe if I counted 
correctly, that six represented our class 
at Reunion. Betty Frantz Roberts drove 
over quickly from her home in 
Lynchburg. Clara Call Frazlerwas one 
of those six. After 34 years in So. 
California, Clara and Bill are quietly try- 
ing to "grow older gracefully" 'Back 
East' where they grew up. All of their 
seven children and their eight children 
are still 'Out West' though, where they 
grew up. They visit the Fraziers now in 
Richmond, VA, and came especially for 
Clara and Bill's 60'" wedding anniver- 
sary on July 20, 2000. Jane 

Westphalen Gray writes from St 
Louis, MO, that she loves hearing 
about all "the girls", but unfortunately 
she never gets to see any! In August, 
Jane and Everett s children had a lovely 
60" anniversary party for them. 
Hortense Powell Cooper in Shelbyville, 
TM, has a 10-yr old granddaughter 
whose mother went to SBC. Hortense 
is still in her own home where she is 
trying to learn to write and send e-mail 
letters Jean Tyree Oseth sent a new 
address for Ruth Collins Henry, now in 
Leesburg, VA near her daughter Ruthie 
can no longer write or drive since her 
stroke of a few years ago. Jean herself 
was preparing tor her annual 
Christmas party Virginia Leggett 
Cameron says her original attempt at 
growing orchids almost killed them, 
therefore she ignored them; and so of 
course they flourished outdoors in the 
trees at her Palm Beach Gardens, FL 
home Jane Bush Long in Augusta, GA 
sends her best Ann Adamson Taylor's 
card from Baltimore is being written 
now by her daughter (SBC '70), Sally, 
who has returned home to be with her 
mother Ann is still trying to win the 
war between her courage and her 
health problems. Martha Janney Smith 
McGowan is still in very excellent 
health and is still living in earthquake- 
prone CA with husband, Chuck, Their 
favorite activity now is watching their 
nearby great grandson grow up. He's 
now walking with help. Majorie Lee 
Stock Clemens is still a very loyal vol- 
unteer of many years for the local St. 
Joseph, Ml library and historical 
organizations. Cynthia Noland Young 
wrote about a telephone call from Ann 
Conant Weaver in Reno, NV recently 
saying that Ann plans to move to 
Denver as soon as her place is avail- 
able in another year Georgia Herbert 
Hart still enjoys her Barbara Bush 
pearls from our skit during our 50'" 
Reunion year in 1990. She too grows 
orchids. Dorothy Campbell O'Connor 
takes first prize, though, in raising 
orchids, which she has done for many 
years. Her favorite orchid is called 
"Sheherezada," and her husband. Bill, 
kindly sent me a copy of a watercolor 
of it. Bill and the family are now writing 
messages for Dorothy due to her 
arthritis. She also keeps a large collec- 
tion of recipes - the family found one 
recipe card that describes the piercing 
of her earlobes at age 63. My husband 
and I still live in our Cleveland Hts., OH 
home, and near our son's five-year-old, 
daughter; our daughter's other three 
are a 2 1/2 hour's non-stop flight away 
in Orlando. We have two orchids, now 
blooming for about 10 years. However, 
we are still trying to get our recycled 
Amaryllises to bloom. I am now enjoy- 
ing hearing from you for our Class 
Notes again, and am also writing con- 
cise histories for some groups to 
which we belong. Now to hear from all 
of you before next year's deadline of 
October 15th. Please keep on letting 
me hear from you. 


President: Clare Eager Matthai 
Secretary: Katy Parker Silverman 

Again, many thanks for responses 
to this column. I can't tell you how 
enjoyable it is hearing from all of you. 
Sadly, some of the news is not good. 
We received notice from her daughter 
and the Alumnae Office that Letitia Ord 
Bonbrighl died Aug, 30. 2000 and from 
the Alumnae Office that Eloise Davis 
passed away Sept. 6. 1999. And Esther 
Jett Holland writes that her husband 
Hugh, lost his four-year fight against 
melanoma in May of this year She her- 
self has been seriously ill due to a 
reaction to a powerful antibiotic admin- 
istered to her while in the hospital and 
was unable to be with him but did 
attend the funeral against her doctor's 
wishes. She writes that she did attend 
her oldest grandchild's wedding in 
June and was surprised to learn that 
the bride's maternal grandfather had 
grown up with Elsie Jackson! Bride 
and groom are now living in Charlotte, 
NC where he attends seminary aspiring 
to become a Presbyterian minister 
From Esther also comes the news that 
Byrd Smith Hunter and her husband 
Henry had a rough summer after she 
broke her kneecap in a fall and Henry 
injured his back. Both are well now. 
Their daughter Carter (my oldest 
Godchild) has a new job at VMI and 
loves it. Clare Eager Matthai writes, 
"March trips to GA and Naples, FL have 
become annual events. Also was 
recently on a family outing — mostly 
hiking, at Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon 
and I go back to Baltimore periodical- 
ly." Clare tells us she is also taking 
some courses at a Learning-ln- 
Retirement program at the local SUNY 
center and has gone on the board of a 
local retirement home. In addition she 
plays golf, bridge, gardens, does 
church work etc. Sounds very busy! 
Mary Love Ferguson has had a busy 
year Her son Lynn underwent surgery 
tor esophagal cancer in May — also 
chemo and radiation but seems to be 
making a good recovery and has 
acquired curly hair also. She writes 
that her first great grandchild was born 
in Oct. — a girl, after two sons and 
three grandsons Betty Potter Kinne 
Hiliyer has also been busy. After mov- 
ing out of her house for four months 
while her kitchen — now a thing of 
beauty- was being "reborn," she had a 
Sea Goddess cruise in the Caribbean 
this spring and is taking her family to 
London for Christmas. Other than that 
she has been home with her three 
dogs, children, and working for her 
main interest the San Diego Humane 
Society. "Tis exciting as we are in the 
midst of a capital campaign for a brand 
new state of the art facility in conjunc- 
tion with the County Animal Control — 
separate facilities. Designed by the 
same architect and very attractive, it is 

a new concept, which we hope will 
enable many more animals to be 
helpled " Tookie Kniskern White, who 
resides in Honolulu, has done much 
traveling. She just returned from a 
safari in Kenya with her children and 
their spouses and youngest grandchil- 
dren. The older ones had been before. 
Most of the animals, she says, were 
very cooperative. Though modestly 
declaiming that she had nothing new 
or exciting to report Marguerite Hume 
writes of fascinating work as a volun- 
teer in ESL (English as a Second 
Language) for Ky Refugee Ministries. 
"We try to teach newly-arrived 
refugees basic English so that they can 
get and hold a job. They are amazingly 
diligent and learn quickly in spite of 
some dreadful experiences in the 
recent past." Nancy "Ping" Pingree 
Drake continues to keep up with her 
many activities particularly in the fields 
of art, education, and hospital causes. 
She says she's greatly helped by her 
children and grandchildren who are in 
college (one in graduate school of 
architecture at Charlottesville) matricu- 
lating or on their way. She is looking 
forward to the '03 reunion where she 
can see more of her classmates. I echo 
her sentiments Virginia White Brinton 
writes that she and her husband have 
moved to a "lovely retirement home. 
Lakewood Manor, on the outskirts of 
Western Richmond surrounded by 
beautiful woods," and they are very 
happy there. Her new address is 1900 
Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 
23233. She also writes that the SBC 
Alumnae Club gave a "scrumptious 
party overlooking the James River at 
the Virginia House where we heard all 
about the upcoming celebration [1607, 
Landing at Jamestown], Dodi 
Cheatham James describes a long 
weekend in NYC in April during which 
Annabelle Forsch Prager and she went 
to the Metropolitan Museum together 
and they and Dodi's husband had a 
lovely dinner together one night. 
Annabelle was taking a tap-dancing 
class and had been to North Africa. 
Camille Guyton Goething. noting that 
it's been a long time since she has 
written, quotes her husband Ted; "We 
don't have to worry about the Golden 
Years anymore -we're almost through 
them." She's still selling real estate and 
he IS retired, but does the cooking and 
washes the dishes! Dorothy Campbell 
Maher reports that two of her grand- 
daughters were married at celebrations 
that turned into family reunions where 
she was able to meet all five great 
grandchildren. After the Texas wedding, 
they visited Bonnie and Gavin Garrett. 
Lucy Kiker Jones recalls a delight- 
ful week in Nantucket in June with 
friends and her one and only grandson 
got married in May. Otherwise. "I did 
the usual -some gardening, bridge, 
church work and beach going, 
although we had a rainy summer. Saw 
Esther Jett Holland several times and 
Kitty Jones came here for lunch and 

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bridge in Sept. Would love to hear 
from anyone who comes this way." 
Caroline McClintock writes she and 
Gales returned to Davidson for his 60'" 
reunion and had a great weekend with 
many friends. They plan to move next 
April 2001 "to a very, very nice retire- 
ment community here in Greenwood. 
The distance to our golf course is the 
same is it is from our present home. 
Gales has measured it! Our children 
are coming in November to help cele- 
brate our 58'" wedding anniversary, and 
we plan to put names on furniture etc 
at that time, even though most of it will 
move with us." Fay Chandler takes 
note of Letitia Ord Bonbright's death 
last summer and states that she had 
had lunch with her three weeks before 
that event and that she was beautiful 
and fun always. She also tells us that 
she is still painting — latex on large 
canvas, husband writing. Fayette 
McDowell Wlllett writes, "My routine 
about the same as last year, except that 
one grandson is following his father 
and grandfather (not Gene) to 
Woodbury Forest. Miss him. Like 
everyone else I too was concerned 
about my "stuff" until one of my 
smarter friends said, "Don't worry. I'm 
making my children earn their inheri- 
tance and I'm overlooking the mess!" 
Braxton (Brae) Preston writes from her 
empty nest— her niece and her tour 
children relocated to Florida- at the end 
of the school year "Though I am alone 
in this house, and I miss them, there 
are times when the quiet is a pleasure. 
I'm in the midst of restoration- house 
and yard. Two years of maximum use 
and minimum care. The angel over the 
waterfall, for instance has totally disap- 
peared in a mass of undipped shrub- 
bery." She says her health is holding 
up except for her knees, but "com- 
pared to what some of my friends are 
coping with that's nothing." Betty 
Lawrle Kimbrough says she and her 
husband moved into a life care place in 
Juno Beach PL a year ago and are glad 
they did. Wonderful people, good food, 
few responsibilities and NO COOKING! 
Valerie Jones Materne has moved to a 
condominium about one mile from her 
house -"a good move as my eyesight 
is failing." She still plays tennis, works 
at the library, sings in the choir and 
travels. "I am about to take off for 
Israel. My 3'° daughter lives in 
Jerusalem with her family. Her son has 
married a Norwegian and another 
grandson has married a Russian so we 
are becoming international. I have 12 
grandchildren ranging in age from 32 
years to 2.' Rozella Hazard Poller 
(Posy) returned to the tennis matches 
in New York this year and attended the 
U.S. Open on the only rainless day dur- 
ing the first week of play! It was won- 
derful! Kitty Jones notes that this past 
summer is the first one in years that 
she hasn't taken an overseas trip but 
that she has run out of countries she's 
interested in. She describes the terrible 
flood that affected her area last year 

One hundred eighty one businesses in 
Franklin (VA) were "totaled" 
"Fortunately Floyd -didn't do any dam- 
age in the West End where I live. I 
talked to Lucy Jones and she's fine." 
Primmy Johnston Craven keeps busy 
with local affairs at Chatham. MA— the 
Human Services Committee and the 
Ecumenical Council for the Homeless. 
Many of the working people here are 
losing their homes as rentals are being 
bought up as second summer homes. 
So much for the "good times"! 
Annabelle Forsch Prager received a 
"gorgeous" invitation to a gala ball 
honoring Betty Potter Kinne Hillyer 
and her partner who were the founders 
of a unique "not-for-profit boutique 
called 'Glorious Antiques' the profits of 
which benefit neglected or abandoned 
animals. I have been to the shop, 
which is a marvelous success in La 
Jolla, CA having expanded several 
times. This upscale thrift shop accepts 
only fine merchandise and I was 
impressed by the beautiful things that 
were available. This is a real achieve- 
ment for Betty Potter who has been 
involved for years in the project and is 
a devoted animal lover. As for me, I 
had an interesting trip to Tunisia last 
spring — loved the South where movies 
such as 'The English Patient' were 
made and people live underground to 
escape the heat." A lovely letter and 
accompanying family picture was 
received from Ronald Adams, husband 
of Deborah Douglas Adams, who suf- 
fered a stroke almost 12 years ago. He 
writes, "Deborah enjoys life so very 
much and so do I." Their children and 
grandchildren are all doing well and the 
four youngest Grandchildren are a 
great joy to them Elizabeth Shepherd 
Scott is enjoying her retirement and 
especially a new grandchild named 
after her late daughter who was in the 
class of 1966 at Sweet Briar The little 
one is named Shepherd McChesney 
Scott, Chess for short. Beth Dichman 
Smith keeps up with Marybelle Lee 
Aldridge who lives in Atlantic Beach, 
Jacksonville, FL. Marybelle has been 
struggling with Parkinson's disease for 
30 years and still manages to keep 
going. Beth and I travel frequently to 
NYC to sample concerts at the Lincoln 
Center and other goodies that the city 
has to offer That's all for now— proba- 
bly too long already. Many thanks for 
your cards which are fun to read and 
make this column possible. 


President: Louise Barry 

Secretary: Constance Budlong Myrick 

Secretary pro tern: Alice Lancaster Buck 

Many thanks to all of you who sent 
notes to Connie Sue Budlong Myrick. 

She said the response was "hearten- 
ing!" but due to recent physical diffi- 
culties she had to forgo putting the 
notes together We all |oin in wishing 

her a complete recovery. She is now 
living with her daughter and son-in-law 
and sixteen year old granddaughter at 
5681 Glade View Drive, Memphis, 
Tennessee 38120. (Phone:901-766- 
1690). Louise Barry organized a won- 
derful 56'" mini-reunion at Wintergreen 
Resort in late April. To quote Paulett 
Taggart, "walking, tennis, the Spa and 
Fitness Center ('sophisticated simplici- 
ty') and moderate wining and dining 
were en|oyed by Sydney Bales, Louise 
Barry, Pete and Alice Buck , Herb and 
Phyllis Dowd, Richard and Betty 
Gookin, Jean Blanton Stein and her 
new husband Chuck, Billy and Ellen 
Boyd Miller Peggy Seller and Bob, and 
Bill and Helen Watt." Our speaker Dr 
Barbara Perry. Carter Glass Profesor of 
Government and Director of the Center 
for Civic Renewal, invited us to the 
October forum on "Technocracy in 
America 2000: The Media's Impact on 
Presidential Politics." This was an 
occasion for another delightful mini- 
reunion and most of the Wintergreen 
group attended plus Norma Bradley 
Arnold who drove all the way from 
Kentucky! Louise Barry is hoping that 
many more will return for the next 
symposium of the Center for Civic 
Renewal on September 20-22. If you 
would like to join us please call her at 
(516) 676-4358 or E-mail 
( Goodie 
(Eleanor Goodspeed Abbott) writes 
that she is "struggling comfortably in a 
posh and caring retirement home, with 
macular degeneration and asthma." 
Her daughter Hannah and son-in-law 
Eliot have adopted "an enchanting 
Rumanian baby girl, Crasandra. "A wee 
thing," Goodie says, but ready for any- 
thing, and already devoted to her five 
year old sister Natalie. Nancy Eagles 
O'Bannon says she and Whet had an 
unbelievably perfect visit to Sally 
Skinner Behnke in September full of 
first adventures in the Pacific 
Northwest. After a seaplane ride they 
sailed through the San Juan Islands. 
Sally later visited the O'Bannons and 
toured the town and galleries when she 
attended some meetings in Lexington. 
KY involving the Amerian Horse 
Association. She says that her first 
year without Bob. after 56 years 
together has gone by quickly, thanks 
to famfly and friends and keeping busy. 
She planned to be in Sun Valley during 
January and February skiing and play- 
ing bridge. Her family business of Sur 
Latable, a cooking equipment store, is 
doing very well with 20 stores all over 
the country. Tee Tift Porter has had a 
quiet year due to Jimmy's Parkinson's, 
but last June she was able to take two 
granddaughters to Tuscany and plans 
to take another one to England and 
France this June. A fourth granddaugh- 
ter graduated from Brown University 
and is now at Harvard Law School. 
"They are the shining lights in our 
lives.' Tee writes. Emily Ann Wilkins 
Mason's daughter and son-in-law are 
enjoying being part of the Sweet Briar 

community where he is on the Library 
staff. Em has a granddaughter who 
loves horses and riding and they are 
hopeful that she. like her mother and 
grandmother will be a Sweet Briar girl. 
Em keeps up with Anne Woods 
Guzzardi who now lives in 
Charlottesville. Pat Whitaker Waters 
recently had a second knee replace- 
ment followed by much therapy. She 
has a grandchild getting married in 
June Norma (" Brad") Arnold had a 
visit from Janet Staples Munt in 
November Janet was recently reelected 
to a second term in the Vermont State 
Senate. She spends four days a week 
in Montpelier the state capitol, and 
weekends at her home in Burlington. 
Janet says it's hard work, often frus- 
trating, and sometimes fun, and she 
wishes she had gotten into politics 
sooner — but better late than never 
Brad reported the sad news that Marty 
Falk Vallery lost her husband Harry on 
July 10'" last summer We also lost 
three classmates in the summer of 
1999 — Carol Myers Hunter on June 5, 
Ginny Noyes Plllsbury on July 11, and 
Anne Bowen Broadus on July 18. A 
sad summer for the Class of 1944. 
Marty reports that she is still spending 
eight months in Florida, playing bridge 
and golf three days a week and work- 
ing at one of the hospitals on Fridays 
in their consignment shop. Her five 
grown grandchildren take turns visiting 
her enjoying the beach, free food etc. 
and she loves having them! She plans 
to be at Sweet Briar in September for 
our next mini-reunion. Betty ("Fence") 
Williams Gookin reports that she and 
Richard had a wonderful Christmas 
with lots of family except for daughter 
Betsy and her husband Rick who were 
visiting their son Michael, Betty's eldest 
grandson, who is teaching at 
Bryanston School in Dorset, England. 
Betty and Richard plan to visit him in 
May Peggy Gordon Seller reports that 
she continues to be in good health and 
that Sweet Briar's former dance 
instructor. Frances Davies Wessells, is 
still teaching dancing in Richmond at 
age 81 , and Peggy's Bob, who is the 
same age, continues to work part-time 
as a pastoral associate at St. James 
Episcopal Church. May we all do as 
well ! Alice Johnson Fessenden is fin- 
ishing a two year appointment from the 
City of Mesquite, NV to both the Clarke 
County (Las Vegas) Board of Health 
and the Nuclear Waste Transportation 
Steering Committee. Alice believes that 
it was the majestic Meta Glass as 
much as the Sweet Briar education 
itself that presented a great role model 
and the confidence required for leader- 
ship. Another significant influence was 
Harriet Rogers and her riding program. 
Alice's granddaughter, Lindsay Wagner 
is also a lover of horses and took her 
Utah horse "Utah Jazz" to England last 
summer for competition in "Eventing." 
Dotty Beuttell Blakeman and her hus- 
band Chat have moved to a continuing 
care community at 3104 Coleman 

58 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Court in Rock Hill, South Carolina 
29732, Dottle suggests that communi- 
cation among us might be easier if we 
give the Alumnae Office our E-mail 
addresses Margaret (Marge) Eggers 
Perry wrote sad news about Alice 
Hepburn Puleston's current struggle 
with cancer Marge says that Ray had 
two back-to-back surgeries followed by 
pneumonia last summer but he Is back 
to his yard work, and she "remains her 
usual ebullient self, defying chronic 
leukemia and an occasional bout with 
bronchitis," She and Ray have four 
cats and five dogs "all along In years 
but all likewise treasured" Helen 
Canley Woodbridge and West are 
enjoying life In Charleston, SC where 
they are "Senior Scholars" at the 
Citadel, members of a Foreign Affairs 
Forum, and escaped the heat last sum- 
mer by traveling to California, Maine, 
Massachusetts and New York. They 
hope to go to Europe this May. 
Adelaide Taylor Nunez reports that she 
Is slowly recovering from multiple ill- 
nesses Muriel Abrash Schapiro writes 
from Richmond that she is fine and 
still involved in book clubs and teach- 
ing English to children and senior citi- 
zens. She enjoys using the computer — 
loves the "magic box." She has three 
grandchildren In college and one of 
them is studying environmental sci- 
ence for a semester In the South 
Pacific, Jean Blanton Stein married the 
Rev.Charles Stein in August 1999, and 
she reports that "life with Chuck Is 
super-active — full of Interesting activity 
and pastoral work In our retirement 
community, numerous family get- 
togethers, and travel," Last fall they 
enjoyed Chuck's Naval Academy class 
reunion on the Mississippi, They also 
had a visit with "Si" and Sloan 
Hawkins Ward while touring the Great 
Smokies. In March they had dinner at 
Jim and Betty Farinholt Cockrill's with 
Pete and Alice Lancaster Buck and 
newly-weds Murrell ("Ricky") 
Richards Werlh and her husband Matt, 
Ricky and Matt (Matthew Fontaine 
Maury Werth) were married on 
November 20'' (Ricky's birthday) at 
Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
in Norfolk. The ceremony was per- 
formed by Ricky's cousin Bishop Heath 
Light from Roanoke, Matt's career has 
been primarily in the management of 
the arts — both the art museum and the 
Virginia Symphony. Eleanor (Ellie) 
Lamotte Trippe reports from Easton, 
Maryland that her oldest daughter is 
still happily situated in Richmond , and 
that her youngest daughter and her 
three granddaughters live only a mile 
away, Ellle enjoys bridge and reading, 
and golf when the weather permits, 
Elizabeth (LIbby) Vaughan Bishop 
reports that when her beloved apart- 
ment with its 14"floor skyline of San 
Antonio went condo she and Louis 
moved to a first floor with grass and 
trees and a patio. She also traded 25 
active years of involvement with the 
Symphony for board jobs with the San 

Antonio Botanical Society. She Is a 
G.CA. Artistic Judge and has loved all 
the traveling involved. She planned to 
be in Philadelphia this spring, Ellen 
Boyd Duval Miller and Billy are happily 
situated in a nice retirement communi- 
ty In Richmond and she says that the 
transfer of responsibility Is great! She 
and Billy enjoyed the fall Symposium 
on Communications at Sweet Briar and 
commended Louise Barry for her won- 
derful job of getting classmates togeth- 
er Anita Lippitt Clay enjoyed a two 
months stay In the Lake district of Italy 
with a friend and Is still playing her 
accordion with the "Crabettes." They 
gave a big performance on New Year's 
Eve Anne Moore Remington, who In 
1974 became the first person In 
Maryland designated as a CTC 
(Certified Travel Consultant), is still 
working three days a week and trying 
to keep up with the travel Industry, 
which she says is not an easy task 
these days. Anne says that her chil- 
dren, including Carol Remington Class 
of 1971. are dragging her Into the 21' 
century — kicking and screaming, but 
as of this February she now has an E- 
Mail address: AREMO@myseniors, 
com. It's been a pleasure catching up 
with so many of you through putting 
these notes together Betty Gookin 
offered her help which gave us a 
delightful excuse to have lunch togeth- 
er Pete and I are still very much 
involved in church work, primarily 
through prayer ministry and pre-mari- 
tal counseling, and we've had some 
wonderful trips. Including the Passion 
Play In Germany last summer, a 
Caribbean cruise in March and a trip to 
the Baltic this summer We're looking 
forward to another mini-reunion at 
Sweet Briar In September Hope to see 
many of you there. 


President: Sea DIngwell Loos and Ada 

Jones Voorhees 
Secretary: Mary (Polly) Vandeventer 

Fund Agent: Catherine Smart Grier 

Here we are again. It seems like a 
long time between news. First of all. 
the sad news. Anne Hill Edwards' hus- 
band. Grit, died since we were in 
touch Betsy Gurley Hewson went to 
his funeral In Amherst. Graeff and Ray 
were also there. The reception at the 
Elston Inn was lovely. Anne's boys. 
Pres and Ben. did a perfect job of 
doing everything the way Grif would 
have wanted It. We send our love to 
you, Anne, Bea DIngwell Loos writes 
about the unexpected loss of her son. 
Ken. He had worked In Norway for five 
years and two In Egypt. As an expatri- 
ate he worked for B P Amoco (now 
B.P). He had been head geologist m 
twelve drillings and had successfully 
located millions of barrels of oil for the 
company. B.P. has done everything 

possible in helping Jennifer and their 
three children to become repatriated 
and resettled In America. They are now 
In Houston, hopefully gradually return- 
ing to normalcy. Our thoughts are with 
you. Bea. On the brighter side, she tells 
about eleven family members who 
spent a week at Ted Turner's 588.000- 
acre environmental Vermejo Park 
Ranch in New Mexico, They enioyed fly 
fishing in beautiful lakes at an altitude 
over 10,000 feet and saw the largest 
bison and elk in the world. They also 
saw roaming wild turkey families and 
huge black bears at close range. These 
bears had to be taken over 200 miles 
away. They found their way back to the 
lodge grounds and had to be shot. 
Helen Murchison Lane writes of her 
trip to Budapest. Prague, and Berlin. 
"Berlin Is like one huge construction 
site — lots of energy in all three 
cities." Her sister. Muffet. and her hus- 
band. John Course, are moving back to 
Jacksonville. Murch is thrilled. They 
will move Into their parents' home on 
the St. John's River John will soon be 
retiring as the Fund Director of the UVA 
Law School. Murch enclosed some 
clippings about the tragic death of 
Crutcher Field Harrison's granddaugh- 
ter. Helen Witty, who was struck by a 
car that veered onto the bike path 
where she was skating. She was 16. A 
newspaper article stated. "Nearly 
everyone who knew her describes the 
Palmetto High sophomore as 'a shining 
star.' 'a bright light.' She was active in 
her community and at school, the vice 
president of her sophomore class, and 
a leader In her youth group at 
University Baptist Church. " Murch has 
two sets of grand twins. They go to 
school In Charlottesville. For their 18'" 
birthday they expressed an interest In 
skydiving. Their wish was granted. 
"Landing was like a butterfly's landing. 
Now they want to go again. Terrifying!" 
writes Grandma Helen. Jean Love 
Albert writes from their farm (which 
we have all enjoyed) that she and Jack 
creak a little more each year The high- 
lights of the last twelve months were 
the arrival of their 14'" grandchild and 
the celebration of their 50'" anniversary 
— and the retirement of their first 
child. Cecl. from the Air Force (27 
years of service). Leila Fellner Lenagh 
writes from Flemlngton, NJ. about the 
joy of living next door to two of her 
beautiful granddaughters, ages six and 
four "They are a constant reminder of 
how generations succeed one another 
though nothing Is new yet nothing is 
ever the same." She and Tom don't 
travel a lot since her Parkinson's has 
increased her need for sleep, 
decreased her stamina, and Interfered 
with her interests like calligraphy. She 
did send me one of her pressed flow- 
ers, a perfect purple pansy. Hard to 
keep her down! Hallie Tom Nixon 
Powell writes from her summer home 
In Rudlso. MM. They have been going 
there for 25 years to race quarter hors- 
es. The Labor Day purse was a million 

dollars for two-year-old quarter horses. 
After her Jack died three years ago. 
she continued for two years with the 
horses, and them sold them. She 
keeps up with Ruth Houston Baker. "If 
possible, she is prettier than ever" 
From Tyler TX. Hallie Is going to DC 
with her garden club for the presenta- 
tion of a butterfly garden to the 
Smithsonian from the Garden Club of 
America (of which the Tyler Club Is a 
member), then on to NY City for 
shows, museum, and shopping, A 
granddaughter lives there, and they 
have a ball Ellen Robbins Red In 
Houston tells of her late adventure. 
This was a trip to Brazil In March to 
visit a friend living near Rio. They went 
on an extended birding trip that Includ- 
ed the Atlantic Rain Forest, the 
Pautenal. and Iquaca Falls in northern 
Argentina. "It was fantastic! Harpy 
Eagle was our best bird." She spent all 
summer writing the history of her 
Presbyterian Church for their 50'" 
anniversary. Now she Is free as a 
breeze with no projects except registra- 
tion. "By the time this goes to press, 
someone will have won! " Arie Jones 
Wittke, Princeton, had a nice trip to 
Europe In the spring. She grandchil- 
dren sat and grand-dog sat. "The dog 
was easier " Cholly Jones Bendall has 
been working at the Visitors Center 
outside of Danville for five years. She 
changed jobs and Is now a page at the 
public library in Yanceyville. There she 
has access to a computer "which 
makes me feel like I've a toehold into 
the 21" century. (I would love to know 
how many of you are "Into" computers. 
I am not. I don't think I could handle 
one.) Marge Sibley Lewis writes from 
Austin that her R.B. is healthy again, 
and they are back to traveling. They 
celebrated their 50'" anniversary with a 
cruise on the QE-2 and a nostalgic 
return to England and Wales. Peg 
Gordon Grosbeck from her Golden 
Gate address writes that her husband 
is fighting cancer Their two sons live 
nearby in Piedmont and Los Altos. Peg 
has eight grandchildren — ages I year 
to 19. "Playing at grandma these days 
is a challenge." Jessie Strickland 
Elcock writes from Big Canoe. GA. that 
she and Walter have |ust returned from 
a visit to their son Walter and Laura in 
their home in Sausalito. She could sit 
on his deck and watch the sailboats 
glide by the Golden Gate bridge all day! 
There are two precious granddaughters 
living In CA. Back east their artist 
daughter Jessie and her husband 
Garrett live in Atlanta. She had another 
show of her paintings and ceramics In 
the fall. She has two sons and another 
Jessie. Their daughter Nancy was there 
for the art show. She lives in Wilton. 
NH. Another daughter. Claire Banks 
their youngest, lives In Decatur "Her 
five-year-old. Julia. Is the joy of her life 
and ours too." The Elcocks love living 
up there in the woods of Big Canoe, 
GA, with their Scottie, "Hoot." They will 
fly to San Antonio to visit with Walter's 

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Navy pilot friends. Candy Green 
Satterfield is proud and pleased with 
her daughter Caroline who managed to 
teach full time while getting her mas- 
ter's degree at night, all the time jug- 
gling home, husband, children, and a 
dog. She is now teaching in a junior 
college in her home state of FL and 
loving it! Another FL teacher is Patricia 
Thompson Bennett For three years 
she has been teaching elderhostel 
courses through Stetson University, 
DeLand. FL; literature, shipwrecks, 
sugar mills, and lighthouses (the latest 
national obsession). "Since I am a 
native, they think I have insight into old 
Florida — challenging students!" 
Another scholar is Joan Berend Morse 
Gordon. She recently earned her MFA 
In creative non-fiction from the U. of 
Pittsburgh. It required a minimum 200- 
page manuscript!! Her "kids" came 
from all over for the ceremony. 
Jonathan, known professionally as 
"Fuzzie" Morse, came from Hollywood 
where he composes and performs. 
Daughter Anne whose field is Special 
Ed came with her new (and first) hus- 
band, David Dickinson, from Boston. 
Joan is in good health doing yoga and 
water aerobics, etc. "What more could 
I ask of 75!" Belts IVIcKeown Scott and 
Don are still living in their Baltimore 
house for seven months of the year. 
The remaining months they live in 
Palm Beach, FL. Their children are 
scattered from New York to Sweden. 
Jane Pickins Church is still having her 
adventures. This time not so great. Out 
in WlcMundo Sound, her chair which 
was and remained attached to the floor 
turned over with her She broke six ribs 
in all. "I must say that took some of 
the joy out of seeing the Emperor 
Penguins, the last of the family I hadn't 
seen." El Myers Cole had an interest- 
ing experience at their Tallahassee 
home on Lake Jackson. The lake com- 
pletely dried up. and the local authori- 
ties were busy for a year removing the 
bottom of the lake which they said was 
contaminated. Their family endured a 
view of tractors and trucks for a year. 
The water is now returning, and they 
have their beautiful view again. This 
lake acts up like this about every 20 
years — nature's way of cleaning? 
They have a new baby girl which 
makes two for them. (They got the lake 
fixed in time for this special arrival.) 
Charlotte Sprunt Murchison writes that 
this year has been a banner year. Her 
granddaughter Catherine (SBC) Gcrnto 
Freeman and husband produced twin 
boys to join their sister, two-year old 
Charlotte Sprunt. Her grandson was 
recently married to Christine Yeloerton 
at Spring Island, SC. "We had all been 
hoping for this to happen!" Her grand- 
son Ned Murchison is on the UNC golf 
team, and a granddaughter, Anne, is 
about to graduate from high school, 
(Sprunt's reaction to all these events; 
"Whew!") Ade Jones Voorhees cele- 
brated Coen's 80'" at Keswick Hall out- 
side of Charlottesville. There were no 

"grands" — just grown children! They 
went to Italy in Sep. The trip was per- 
fect. She talked to Flo Cameron 
CrJchton who celebrated John's 80" in 
Hawaii. (What are our classmates 
doing associating with these 80-year- 
old men?) She sees Evaline Rile 
Thompson in Santa Fe. Ade and Flo 
think the 55'" reunion sounds fine — bet- 
ter than the 50th. "It will be a wonder- 
ful low-key occasion with no stage per- 
formances or songs — just a time to 
be together and hear about Sweet Briar 
now and then. Don't miss it." A note 
from Bea encourages us all to pass the 
word to your SBC classmates. 
Encourage them to make a special 
effort to attend our 55th. "You could 
talk it up in Christmas notes and dur- 
ing phone calls, etc. Think about it! 
Three days of reminiscing with good 
friends and observing what SBC has 
become today at its 100'" birthday 
Don't miss it!" The pen is mightier 
than the telephone, so I will plug 
reunion to all. I particularly like the 
low-key emphasis. No more singing up 
there on the stage and being in the 
limelight. I would much prefer a nice 
long talk with each of you — a real 
catch-up — at one of Sweet Briar's 
lovely nooks beneath an old oak tree. 
Wheats Young Call continues to rule 
the tennis courts. She asked me to 
mention her favorite bumper sticker, 
"Oh Lord, please help me to be the 
person my dog thinks I am." Catherine 
Smart Grier has consented to be our 
Fund Agent. She will also be our 
Reunion Chairperson. Thank you, 
Catherine. You will be replacing 
Carolyn Rudolph Sellers, our lovely 
Rudy You will be great. I hope your 
harp will come into play! 


President: Ginger Barron Summer 
Secretary: Carol Blanton McCord 
Fund Agent: Meredith Slane Person 

What a delighful surprise to receive 
a note from Suzette Morton Sorenson, 

self-described as a "non-contributor 
for so many years", with an enclosure 
from her Christmas cards — a color 
photo-collage from their wonderful 
family trip to Alaska, celebrating Sue 
and Ed's 50'" anniversary. Twelve of 
them;3 children, two spouses, and five 
grandchildren traveled by helicopter, 
land and sea-plane, river raft, train and 
ship. They walked on glaciers, panned 
for gold, and from all their glowing 
faces it was clear that they were having 
a joyful time. 

Sue and Ed have moved to Naples, 
FL and her note was forwarded to me 
in Sanibel, a short distance away but 
arrived too late for me to contact her. 
She says that Natalie Hall Chisholm 
has also moved to Naples. 

Mary Kennedy Moore "gave in to a 
longtime desire to return to Rhode Is. 
after 26 years in Conn". Now she's 

connecting to old friends, happy to 
have children nearby 

In Jan. Margaret Munnerlyn 
Haverty and her husband went to their 
condo in Ponte Vedra, FL, near 
Jacksonville, where they expected to 
see Fannie Ulmer Conley Munn, 
Rawson, and their eldest daughter, 
Peggy were planning to drive to 
Charleston, SC, in March for some lec- 
tures and fun, as well as lunch with 
Munn's cousin who runs Middleton 
Place and who is also a descendent of 
the Middletons.The Havertys were also 
planning a possible trip to Switzerland 
and Rome in April. 

Peggy Robertson Christian's 
daughter. Robin Ryan, '74, is on the 
Alumnae Board; husband, "Punky", is 
involved in many volunteer activities. 
Traveling, golf, 4 children and 8 grand- 
children keep them young and busy. 

A card from "Wash" Ferrier 
Ramsay, living in her retirement com- 
munity in Chapel Hill, saying all is well 
with her, four children and spouses, 
and 8 grands ages 31 to 8. Last 
September she went to Paris by herself 
for "one more look at some'old 

"Things are about the same," Evie 
White Spearman wrote; both she and 
Alan are still working. She is planning 
to visit her child in Gaithersburg. MD in 
June, with a stop in Richmond to see 
Peggy Robertson Christian. 

Agnes Jeffords Sonntag and Bob 
celebrated the year 2000 with a Riviera 
cruise in June and a Greek Isles cruise 
in Dec. They live in Jacksonville, FL. 
Linda McCoy Stewart "still lives in the 
swamps of the Shrewsbury River in 
Rumson NJ", where the new fast ferry 
service up to NYC has improved mobil- 
ity. Still a free-lance travel writer, "Tinn" 
says "tennis and the A&P are the 
extent of my social life." 

Kay "Wizzie" Weislger Osborne 
stays busy traveling as often as she 
can, takes workshops and writes per- 
sonal essays for the local newspaper. 
She hosts a book study group and 
loves all of it. A new 4 month-old 
granddaughter plus another 6 "help to 
keep life wonderful." Throughout 2000 
Meg Dawson Hellyer's time was con- 
sumed by volunteer work with the 
Pacific Northwest Writer's Assoc. For 
the first part of the year she chaired 
the annual literary competition and was 
chairman of volunteers at the annual 
conference in July; following that she 
took over as chair for the 2001 literary 
competition, has found it all challeng- 
ing and fun. Meg says that any writers 
interested in submitting to the 2002 
competition should check into their 
web site on, and would be 

Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey took 
her granddaughter to visit Ann Colston 
Leonard in Martha's Vinyard one after- 
noon last summer. In Sept. she and 
Doug attended his WWII Fighter 
Squadron Reunion in FL. For most of 
the year she has been helping Gunston 

Hall Plantation raise 8 million. She is a 
regent of Gunston Hall, nominated by 
the National Society of Colonial Dames 
of America and appointed by the 
Governor of Virginia. She says, "I'm too 
busy for an old lady!" 

Sue Van Cleve Riehl s 4 grand- 
daughters are the ones making the 
news now; one, an actuarial in 
Pittsburgh, one graduating from 
Syracuse U. in art and her twin a fresh- 
man at Stanford. Sue and Bud also 
have 2 great-grands— "just frying to 
visit them keeps us busy". 

" I still think Colorado is God's 
country " wrote Cordelia Lambert 
Stites. although it's still fun to visit 
family in CA. "Three out of her four live 
close by but "not too close". She got 
her 2" new hip in Jan., after which 
she'll be back to climbing mountains, 
or dancing a jig" Nancy Scurry Minler, 
moving temporarily to Ute Park, NM, 
later, probably to Taos. NM. She is 
retiring from both the psychotherapy 
and the Hands-on healing work she 
learned at Barbara Brennan's school. 
One of her daughters lives in Seattle, 
and Darcy in Bozeman, Montana. 

Meredith Slane Finch and her 
daughter went to Corsica, Sardinia, 
Elba, Cap Ferrat and Rome; they 
recomend a fabulous Relais north of 
Rome, formerly owned by Jean Paul 
Getty. Meredith and Pat Hassler 
Schuber were together for their birth- 
days on Dec.25-26-Meredith is being 
featured in the Feb. Miniature Collector 
Magazine because of the miniature 
rooms she loves to create. Her grand- 
son got into Duke on early decision, 
and is thrilled. 

Since her marriage to Daniel Jones 
in Nov'9g, Marna Bromberg Williams 
has traveled extensively. In the year 
2000 when they were not in sunny 
Coco beach or New Smyrna, Fl, they 
were either visiting friends and rela- 
tions from coast to coast or attending 
elderhostels in FL, the Cook Is., French 
Polynesia, or traveling to the Danube, 
Central Europe, or China, Tibet and 
Polynesia. Then there was the cruise 
through the Panama Canal to Mexico, 
Costa Rica and the Bahamas! Did I 
leave out Thailand, Malaysia, and 
Indonesia? Marna and Dan have 
moved to an assisted living community 
in Winter Park FL recently 

Our life is pretty much as before — 
Baltimore/Sanibel/New Hampshire; I 
am never caught up on anything but 
still find time for reading, walking, and 
music. We enjoy visits with family and 
friends near and far. Our five children, 
three spouses, and 8 grandchildren 
ages 9 to 25 are all healthy and busy; 
one in grad school at UVA, another 
entering there soon as a freshman, 
others at NYU, the U of Colorado at 
Boulder Great to hear from all of you. 
May we meet again at SBC. 

60 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


President: Fritzie Duncombe Millard 
Secretary: Catlierine "Bunny" Barnett 

Fund Agent: Mary Fran Brown Ballard 

We all join in sending sympathy to 
the family of Lindsay Coon Robinson 

who lost her brave battle against can- 
cer, on her own terms, last June. She 
enjoyed our 50'" reunion, and we will 
remember her with laughter whenever 
we gather As part of the college's 
upcoming centennial celebration, there 
will be a competition for a new school 
song. Our class musician, Marie 
Musgrove McCrone, who did a very 
professional presentation on tape along 
with a written score, has submitted the 
first entry. Of course, some of us are 
still partial to the old one, difficult as it 
may be, so perhaps we'll have two! 
Who remembers the Sweet Briar 
hymn? Did you all see or hear Katie 
Cox Reynolds' summing up of our 50 
years out? If not, I have a copy: it's a 
wonderful compilation of what's 
become of us during the past half cen- 
tury. Quite a few of you sent in your 
news by email. June Eager Finney, for 
one, says she and Bill had a visit in 
Tucson with Yorke and Ann Henderson 
Bannard, seeing Ann's latest work and 
dining on the Bannards' terrace over- 
looking the Santa Catalina Mountains. 
June stays busy playing international- 
style croguet (that's the serious kind!) 
and teaching watercolor classes. As for 
Ann, her life is busy, still studying, 
traveling and creating. She and Yorke 
now have four grandchildren to spoil 
and love Libby Trueheart Harris, 
SBC's outstanding alum of 2000, has 
enjoyed reflected glory as the mother 
of Mary Harris, class of '79, cited in 
this magazine for her recent Johns 
Hopkins honor. Libby stays busy in 
Richmond and Irvington, coping with 
some overgrown walnut tree at last 
report. Beth Jansma Gorter emails 
from Belgium of her happy memories 
of reunion. Since then, she's had two 
spinal operations and is still learning to 
walk again, which is taxing her 
patience, she says! I talked with her by 
phone when we were in Paris last sum- 
mer, and I must say her voice is still 
strong and cheerful! Larry Lawrence 
Simmons has still got sand in her 
shoes. She and Larry take a trip almost 
every month, she says, and when they 
are home, well, just picture this: in the 
heat of a Texas summer day, the 
Simmons hosted a 100" birthday party 
for England's Queen Mum, with formal 
invitations accepted by 80 friends who 
arrived in garden hats (and gloves, I 
trust) and tiaras to savor tea and crum- 
pets and other English goodies! 
Preston Hill and Gene were feted by 
their children, grands and many friends 
at a gala 50'" anniversary party at young 
Gene's beautiful home in 
Massachusetts. Joining in the toasts 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

were Katie Reynolds and Phil, Bill and 
Judy Baldwin Waxter and the Walter 
Browns. Katie offered a dramatic read- 
ing of a poetic tribute composed by 
Larry for the occasion. A maxi-mini 
reunion was hosted last fall by Patty 
Levy Barnett at her daughter's beach 
house at De Bordieu Island, SC. 
Chatting away, oblivious of a raging 
tropical storm, were former 2°" floor 
Grammer neighbors Betty Welllord 
Bennett, Deborah Carroll Conery, 
Sallie Legg De Martine, Carolyn 
Cannady Evans, MImi Powell 
Leonard, Jackie Jacobs Letters, Ann 
Eustis Weimer and Jean Taylor 
During breaks in the storm the group 
did some sightseeing and low-country 
dining. Sallie writes that she and Bob 
went hell-hiking in the Canadian 
Rockies before landing in NC for the 
summer. Flip and her sister-in-law had 
a five-week trip with a group of other 
RVers through the Maritime Provinces 
of Canada, including Labrador and 
especially enjoying New/foundland 
where John once worked with the 
Canadian Institute for the Blind. 

Peggy Cromwell Taliaferro had a 
close encounter of the "bear" kind dur- 
ing a trip to Colorado. When banging 
and shouting failed, she repelled the 
large black invader in matador fashion, 
thrusting a chair, legs rampant, to push 
him out. . that's real Sweet Briar guts 
and ingenuity! Caroline Casey now 
Lindemann has enjoyed the first year 
of her new marriage, traveling with 
Bohn from Berlin to Prague and 
Oberammergau, a motor tour through 
Wl, MN and ND where Bohn was born, 
then to VT for meeting of the Miniature 
Book Society (she is one of only two 
members who have attended all 18 
conclaves since the group's founding 
in 1983!)- "Second marriages are 
great," Caroline concludes! 

Carter VanDeventer Slatery and 
Herbert have discovered the great 
American West, doing the Rockies by 
train, driving down the Oregon coast 
and then a stop at Crater Lake Lodge. 
The Slaterys' daughter is at UVA so 
they are near SBC quite often. Judy 
Baldwin Waxter and Bill saw 10 plays 
at the Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, 
featuring Oscar Wilde. Later, Bill hiked 
the Atlas Mountains and explored 
ancient towns in Morocco, while Judy 
tried to tame her garden of wild flow- 
ers (native species, she means: her 
pun!). Ann Doar Jones and Frank took 
a 50'" anniversary trip to Great Britain, 
sadly missing reunion. They enjoy life 
on the "rivah" and winter in Sarasota at 
Bar Harbors (where the Lindemanns 
also go to escape the snow). Vidmer 
Megginson Downing and two of her 
three children took a trip to study 
ancient Roman society and then 
attended the Oberammergau Passion 
Play. Vidmer will be a great-grand- 
mother this May! (How many of those 
have we got, I wonder, and how many 
who have spent fifty years with the 
same fella?) Mary Virginia Grigsby 

Mallett is enjoying her new knee, even 
setting off alarms in airport check 
points (Stevie has fun doing the same 
thing! Just another of the joys of 
replacement parts!) M.V. went to 
Arizona (but missed the peripatetic 
Bannards) for the dedication of a build- 
ing to her Purdue major professor, who 
recently served as president of the U. 
of AZ. Mary Fran Brown Ballard left 
her financial duties for a while as she 
and Don observed their 50'" anniversary 
out in Texas with their children, then in 
MJ and finally in Ml where Mary Fran's 
mother, Marie Brede Brown 
Zimmerman, SBC '24, marked her 100'" 
birthday. This nice lady was a major 
contributor to our courtyard project 
and I have proposed that she be hon- 
ored by having a named brick there as 
a birthday present from our class. Also 
attending this event were Patsy Gavin 
Robinson and Jim and Marilyn 
Hopkins Bamborough Marilyn and 
Mary Fran were in each other's wed- 
dings, both 50 years ago! Kay Bryan 
Edwards says she is now a single 
mother of eight and does jaunts with 
family, which numbers about 20 
including spouses and grands, to 
Figure 8 Beach, MC, for a summer 
birthday fling and the Cloisters for 
Thanksgiving. Other than that, Kay is 
mostly housebound, reads a lot and is 
handing over her many volunteer posi- 
tions to her children. She invites us to 
reune in Greensboro so that she could 
get a good look at us! Our unanimous 
choice for another four-year term as 
president (no uncertainty in that elec- 
tion!), Fritzie Duncombe Mallard, 
loves her new life at the Park Lane in 
Monterey. CA, but did get to her 55" at 
New Trier with friends even older than 
we (in tenure, not age)! Her letter 
recapping the joys of the 50'" will soon 
be succeeded by another announcing 
our mid-term mini. Our honorary class 
member Walter Brown (I know that 
guy!) went to Richmond to play golf 
with some Yalies, who threw a nice 
party for him. Among the guests he 
loved seeing were classmates Mag 
Towers Talman and Kitty Hart Belew 
Betsy Dershuck Gay was so busy play- 
ing golf, teaching art classes and hav- 
ing exhibitions, she almost missed the 
deadline for news. She wants all the 
reunions we can cook up, especially 
involving classes and lectures. Ellen 
Ramsay Clark and Ken finally, after five 
years of reconstruction following 
Hurricane Opal, moved back into their 
condo in Destin, FL. They managed a 
gathering of all 21 of their family dur- 
ing Easter, giving the young cousins 
time to get acquainted. Goodie Geer 
DiRaddo and Joe are back in 
Charleston, happy to see old venues 
with new eyes. Goodie's mother is in 
assisted living at Bishop Gadsden, 
approaching her centennial, still active 
and bright. Goodie is the roving pho- 
tographer there and Joe helps out at 
Holy Trinity Church and others. She is 
also playing duplicate bridge and mak- 

ing her "natural" guardian angels out 
of rocks and things. A guestroom is 
available. Goodie says, for SBC pals. 
As for my own roomies, whom I 
see every winter on their Florida visit, 
they also go off in other directions. 
Stevie had her annual two weeks in 
Canuga last summer and also went to 
Maine, where she stayed in both 
Yarmouth and Deer Isle. Patsy and 
Alice took another British trip with 
their Hollins guide in the summer. Alice 
came to NYC in October with a group 
from the Roanoke Museum of Art. She 
proposed we go to a World Series 
game until I told her tickets were 
priced from $750 up, if available. She 
decided to stick with the action at Vero 
Beach's Dodger Town, where we go to 
rub shoulders with Tommy LaSorda 
and the players during pre-season 
practice Nancy Jones Worcester and 
John will observe their 50'" anniversary 
and his 75" birthday next summer by 
taking a family group of 14 on a cruise 
to Bermuda. They spent last summer in 
Ml and are now back at home in FL, 
Walter and I have lourneyed too, to 
Denver, Norway, France (an anniver- 
sary barge trip in Burgundy avec 
famine), Iceland and several other 
shorter ones. We'll keep you posted 
about an on-campus mini reunion, 
spring or tall of 2002 probably: speak 
up if you have opinions on this! I urge 
everyone who has an email address to 
share it with classmates and the 
Alumnae Office ( . 
The more we have, the easier will be 
our communication with each other. 


President: Edith Shepherd Brooke 
Secretary: Betty (B.G.) Elmore 

Fund Agent: Mary Dame Stubbs Broad 

We wish you all could have been at 
our 50'" Reunion!! It's been fun hearing 
from you! If you have an e-mail 
address, please e-mail it to me at For those of you 
who did not recognize me as Betty, 
please call me B.G. It makes me feel 
younger!! Our special thanks to Lola 
Steele Shepherd for being such an 
excellent Class Secretary for so many 
years! Her tip for reunions is, "Always 
bring reading glasses to read name 
tags". During the summer, Lola and 
Deedee rode and camped out with their 
mares and enjoyed family reunions in 
Richmond with their children and 
grandchildren. Their daughter has 
moved back from France to Seattle. 
Lola and Deedee started off the New 
Year at a costume party dressed as the 
Lone Ranger and Tonto. She shared 
first prize with Peyton Robertson, hus- 
band of Edie Brooke. Edie wrote a 
lovely tribute to her roommate, Kay 
Lang Gibson, who died in July. She 
said, "She had a sense of justice and 
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sense of humor. Kay was a true combi- 
nation of New York sophistication and 
Southern charm. It was a delight to be 
in her warm and gracious home in 
Savannah." Edie said that last year 
was taken up with reunions, including 
SBC and VMI, interspersed with visits 
with their children and grandchildren in 
Summit. NJ. Alexandria, VA, and Ft. 
Collins, CO. They spend summer vaca- 
tions at their home in Virginia Beach. 
New Year's Eve dinner was enjoyed at 
their home by Lola Steele Shepherd, 
Frances Martin Lindsay and Jane 
Lewis Zollicoffer 

Congratulations to those who have 
reached the milestone of Golden 
Wedding Anniversaries! Dolly Clark 
Rasmussen ( also one of Kay's room- 
mates), and John had a gala celebra- 
tion of their 50'" wedding anniversary 
with a clan gathering at Christmas. 
Their children entertained them with a 
hilarious song and dance parody to 
"Lovely Hula Hands". Also celebrating 
a golden wedding anniversary were 
Betsey Sawyer Hodges and Allen. The 
setting was their home in North 
Carolina and their 5 children and 10 
grandchildren planned the celebration, 
including a video of past family history. 
They spent the summer and fall in the 
mountains, returning to Florida in time 
to vote. Their Gator Snow Ski Club 
went on its annual trek to Montana and 
Canada. Their great year was topped 
off with the birth of their first great 
grandchild, Amber, and the graduation 
of son, Paul, from the U of Central 
Florida with a degree in computer engi- 
neering Betsy IVIarkgraf Waring and 
Jim celebrated their 50'" with an 
"anniversary trip" to Australia, New 
Zealand and Fiji. They enjoy travel, as 
well as church work and volunteering. 
Their son and 2 grandsons live in 
Richmond, VA also. Another son is a 
Colonel in the Army and stationed in 
Virginia after many years in Europe. 
Their daughter lives in Charlotte where 
she is a Ph.D psychologist in private 
practice and their granddaughter is in 
her first year at UVA. Susan Tucker 
Yankee had a busy year 2000 including 
celebrating their 50'" anniversary at the 
Signal Mountain Country Club, TN. All 
but one member of the original wed- 
ding party attended! She and her hus- 
band traveled to Texas to visit their son 
and Susan's sister and later had a great 
respite week in Montana visiting 
friends. Thanksgiving at home was 
enlivened with their "ball of fire" 5 year 
old granddaughter, Ariel. They wel- 
comed in the New Year sipping cham- 
pagne near the Brandenburg Gate in 
Berlin with fireworks going off around 
them! Berlin was also the destination 
of Bonnie Loyd Crane. She spent a 
week with her daughter, Melinda, and 
grandchildren who live there. She had 
just celebrated her 70* birthday with 
her family in Tuscany.. Bonnie visits 
her 97 year old mother in Texas often 
and future plans include a trip to 
Russia. Other travelers to Germany 

were Jean Probeck Wiant and Rich 
who saw the Passion Play in 
Oberammergau. Afterwards, they 
cruised the Danube on a river boat to 
Budapest. Since Rich is recovering 
from a blood clot in his leg, they are 
homebound awhile. Beverly Benson 
Seamans missed reunion because they 
were attending the Passion Play also. 
In August they took their enthusiastic 
13 year old grandson to France and 
Switzerland. A trip through the Panama 
Canal was a highlight of their travels. 
Bev is busy with her sculpture projects 
and will soon start a big commission 
for the new Marblehead High School. It 
is the Drummer Boy from Willard's 
painting of the "Spirit of '76". Our 
classmates who attended the 45'" 
reunion were tremendously impressed 
by the show of Bev's sculptures. 

Many classmates are world travel- 
ers. Pat Halloran Salvador! and Mario 
had a marvelous trip to Provence, 
France in September, staying in a Bed 
and Breakfast in a 16'" century stone 
village among the vineyards. Of course, 
they went to Italy — Como and Pisa. 
Mario continued to Rome and London 
to visit his brothers. Upcoming plans 
include Key West. In November Pat 
talked to Anne Peyton Cooper who 
was leaving for a cruise from Spain to 
London Elsie Landram Layton 
enjoyed a trip with a SBC group to 
Vienna last spring. Mary Dame Stubbs 
Broad and Doug have combined travel- 
ing and grandchildren, taking their off- 
springs on a boat trip in July. In 
November they had fun touring 
Portugal and Spain. Pat Owens Purvis 
is also enjoying activities with grand- 
children. They have a fishing and hunt- 
ing place on The Brozos River and their 
grands love it! She reports that Ft. 
Worth had its first tornado last spring 
and many trees were lost. Their sum- 
mer plans include travel with the 
grandchildren back to the countryside 
of England and Wales. This will be their 
22"" trip!!! (Can anyone top this?) 
Maybe Peachey Lillard Manning can! 
She says she is a "traveling fool" these 
days — while she can still do it! She 
traveled down the Po in Italy on a 
riverboat and then on to Florence. In 
November she spent 3 weeks in Florida 
and for Christmas took her tribe of 1 4 
to Jamaica. Her next holiday was to 
Mexico for 2 weeks. She is enjoying 
Naples (Florida!) until late March busy 
kayaking, fishing and playing tennis. As 
she says, "I am lucky!" Guy and I love 
to travel and in July we toured the 
backroads of Portugal with our older 
daughter. Gay, stopping in Brussels for 
a "chocolate fix" on the way home. We 
cancelled our trip to the Middle East in 
October due to Guy's health. He's fine 
now and we leave in March, visiting 
friends from New Zealand in Oman and 
then joining a small group to visit 
Jordan and Syria. 

Many classmates give high priority 
to spending time with their children 
and grandchildren. Among them are 

Fan Lewis Jackson and husband who 
left reunion early to visit their daughter 
in Manassas, VA. Peter Thompson 
Baker in Boca Raton, FL retired from 
Merrill Lynch as a Vice President and 
Senior Financial Consultant and finally 
has time to visit her 5 children and 5 
grandchildren. She and her husband 
are looking forward to traveling to 
exotic spots! Ackie Easter Henderson 
who is "alive and kicking in 
Charlottesville" (but not riding or car- 
riage driving anymore), doesn't have to 
travel to visit family. She is surrounded 
by her family — son, grandson, daugh- 
ter and her 2 sons. Her oldest grand- 
son just returned from Scotland. She 
sums it up by saying she is lucky to 
have a large house! An e-mail from 
Katherine (Kata) Edwards Crain says 
her news is simple - no grand trips or 
special honors, but they love seeing 
their children and grandchildren, a 7 
year old boy, a 4 year old girl and a 
new baby boy.. They cover the Texas 
triangle (Longview, Dallas and 
Houston) Joan Teelor Marden, who 
lives in Tuscon, AZ, sent news of her 
daughter, Emily Saxe, along with 3 
CD's she has made. Emily is married 
and lived in Bangkok, Thailand, but 
moved recently to San Francisco. She 
is an accomplished vocalist and most 
attractive. During January and February 
she did a concert tour (with her hus- 
band, two young sons, and a nanny) to 
Bangkok, the Sydney Opera House, 
Melborne and Singapore. Very excit- 
ing!! Joan and Steve lead busy lives 
traveling from the Panama Canal to 
Bangkok and trips to visit children and 
grandchildren in New York and San 
Francisco Susan Tucker Yankee. Anne 
McNeer Blanken, and Lola Steele 
Shepherd met at W&L in Lexington in 
June for a week of Alumni College. 
They had a lovely dinner prepared by 
Lou Moore. Lou wrote that she enjoyed 
a trip with old friends to New Mexico 
and California in July. A stay at the 
beach in October ended her travels for 
awhile. She is busy on the search com- 
mittee for a new rector for the 
Episcopal church, Anne McNeer 
Blanken, Anne Peyton Cooper, and I 
had a mini-reunion last June for lunch 
at Annie P's club in Summit, NJ, Of 
course, we talked about our 50th! Anne 
McN. took a W&L trip to France in 
October and Ann Mountcastle ('51 ) 
was in the group. The next month she 
had a delightful visit with Jo Gulick 
Grant in Lyme, NH, Jo writes that she 
had a busy summer with hordes of 
family visiting for almost a month. Her 
toast is: "Here's to Reunion '05!" Anne 
Peyton expresses their pleasure in 
being back in their island home for the 
winter in Eleuthera, Bahamas, especial- 
ly since they just managed to leave NJ 
a day before the biggest snowstorm of 
the season hit. She reports that 
Eleuthera has almost completely recov- 
ered from last year's monster hurricane 
Floyd and that the Atlantic no longer 
looks like a war zone! Verifying the 

snowfall In Summit, NJ, Cora Jane 
Morningstar Spiller, who was visiting 
her daughter, looked out the window 
and saw Annie P's snow-covered back- 
yard next door, Cora Jane's other 
daughter lives near Alicia Iznaga 
Mazzeo in Boca Raton, FL. She says 
that Alicia's health continues to 
improve with the help of her wonderful 
family. "Snowbird", Debby Freeman 
Cooper left lots of snow up north to 
return to Vero Beach. Their oldest 
daughter, Sally, is being married again 
in a small family ceremony in Atlanta in 
March, Her oldest child, who is 
Debby's oldest grandchild, is a fresh- 
man at Cornell majoring in engineering. 
Dotsey Wood Letts returns often to 
Scotland and adored another visit to 
Italy after last being there in 1952. 
Ginger Luscombe Rogers and Judy 
Campbell were arriving in Palm Beach 
for their annual mini-reunion. Dotsey's 
daughter, Sophy, is a public defender in 
the appeals division in Palm Beach, 
Dotsey keeps herself busy gardening, 
saving animals, playing tennis and 
bridge, and being a frustrated painter. 
A Virginia transfer to Florida, Ann 
Preston (Presto) Vick, has reached the 
stage where "it seems like all I do is go 
to doctors and get prescriptions filled!" 
She had a pacemaker implant. Her twin 
sons are 29. Tal lives in Jacksonville, 
FL and John in Phoenix, AZ. Neither of 
them is married, so no grandchildren 
are in the picture yet. 

Normally deaths appear in another 
section of the Alumnae News, but 
some of us thought you would like to 
know about Jody Livingston McFall 
from Jacksonville, FL, who died in July, 
1999. Her daughter, Gardner, earned a 
PhD in English and is a teacher and 
writer in NYC. She writes under her 
maiden name. Viking has published her 
children's books and she has a book of 
poetry being published soon. Maybe 
some of you would like to look for her 

A native Floridian. Nell Greening 
Keen, has moved from Tampa to Anna 
Maria Island on the Gulf of Mexico. 
Nell is excited about the recent birth of 
her first grandchild, a boy, in West 
Palm Beach. Nell's other son and our 
daughter are both attorneys and work 
in the same building in WPB, but 
haven't met each other yet! In August 
Nancy Storey White and I enjoyed 
lunch with Nell in Sarasota. Recently, 
Nancy moved from her home to a 
retirement home in Sarasota. Our other 
roommates at SBC were Merry Moore 
Lynn and Diana Dent. We can't con- 
vince either one of them to come to 
Florida! For years Diana has done vol- 
unteer tutoring of Spanish- speaking 
children and adults. Now she is volun- 
teering in a new program, 
"Conversation Partners," at Norwalk 
Community College. She will be work- 
ing with students from Russia, Japan 
and the Dominican Republic. Her 
enthusiasm is contagious! A long letter 
from Merry with news that she is still 

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working part time for her brother and 
that it is a good thing because it gives 
her less time to be a compulsive shop- 
per She says, "I am fat, vi/ell, happy 
and struggling with an at-home hus- 
band who for the first time in some 48 
years of marriage is around all the 
time! Certainly makes a big difference!" 

Many of you have impressive 
accomplishments Virginia Mann Yorl<, 
who lives on Long Island, NY, finally 
finished her book of verse, "The 
Compass", which had been in progress 
for about forty years. This event gives 
her hope that 2001 will see the conclu- 
sion of its companion book of essays 
with the working title, "An Aquarian 
Thesis". Ginny thanks a number of her 
SBC classmates for their patience and 
encouragement through the years. 
Patricia (Trish) Denning Love retired 
as Chief District Court Judge in North 
Carolina in 1995. She received a 
Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC 
at Chapel Hill. She had earned 3 
degrees: AB, IVIA and JD. She lost two 
husbands and in 1992 married George 
Love. Trish has 4 sons and 7 grand- 
children and is enjoying her retirement 
traveling, going to the beach, playing 
golf and becoming computer literate. 
Ann Belser Aslier comments that her 
life has calmed down in the last few 
years. She arranges altar flowers for 
her church, golfs and plays bridge. She 
is active for Sulgrave Manor, George 
Washington's ancestral home in 
England. They are looking forward to 
their 50'" anniversary this spring and 
spending the summer on Nantucket 
Island, MA Dottie Barney Hoover 
writes from Hilton Head, SC that a big 
void was left in their lives when her 
husband. Jack, died in 1999. On a 
lighter note, being back in the dating 
scene is strange after so many years! 
She stays busy with tennis, needlepoint 
and volunteer activities. Dottie talked to 
Agnes (San) Veacli Brool(s who lives 
in Vermont and has been widowed for 
/years Caroline (Bill) Bailey 
Fritzinger's comment; "No news is 
good news around here." She reiterat- 
ed what we felt at reunion: "Weren't we 
treated like royalty?" Also a card from 
Mary Waller Berkeley Fergusson who 
wishes we were doing our 50'" reunion 
over again! The last missive is from 
Sally BianchI Foster. Sally (I keep 
wanting to say (Bianchi"!) is busy with 
volunteer work at their local library and 
weekly visits to a nursing facility where 
she delivers mail and "schmoozes" 
with the residents. She and Bob sailed 
from Windsor. Canada on a cruise on 
the Great Lakes on a German ship. The 
herring, cheeses and breads were to 
die for! 

Sports enthusiasts, they attended 
opening day of the Newark Bears base- 
ball stadium, the US Tennis Open and 
"The Head of the Charles" in Boston, 
which is the largest regatta in the 
world. Daughter Kate is spending a 
sabbatical year at Harvard. Other 
daughter, Meg, is part time French 

teacher and full-time Mother Son Andy 
is an attorney and single Dad for 3 
children. If I counted correctly, there 
are 6 grandchildren. I'll close with 
Bianchi's summation of reunion. - 
"Once more the miracle of reunions 
took place and we all noticed we had 
not aged and had no problems instan- 
tantaneously re-connecting with one 
another Truly a weekend lull of laugh- 
ter, singing, nostalgia and cama- 
raderie." Classnotes will be published 3 
times a year now. The deadline for 
sending me news for our next class 
notes will be July 15, 2001. Postcards 
will not be mailed by the college so I'm 
counting on you to come through! 
Those of you who didn't write this 
time, have another chance this year 
The ones who did write, keep up the 
good work!. If you are computer liter- 
ate, e-mail is great! Otherwise, snail 
mail is fine. 


President: Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
Secretary: Suzanne Bassewitz 

Mary Lois Miller Carroll reports 
that she and Hugh had a marvelous 
time in Sept. at Joannie and George 
Patton's Sweet Briar picnic at Green 
IVIeadows Millie O'Neal Palmer 
reports from Henley on Thames that 
she and David had a marvelous year 
and celebrated their 50'" wedding 
anniversary with lots of friends and 
"best of all, good health." Benifa 
Phinizy Johnson is still working part 
time, attended lectures with Mary 
Bailey Izard on the Civil War last win- 
ter, and went to Tahiti and Denmark 
with Tommy in March. She also saw 
Susan Otis Thompson in NY Mary 
Izard reports a trip during which she 
and Jack were able to visit Millie 
Palmer and saw her handsome home, 
garden, and cow pasture complete with 
"pink coats galloping by." While in 
Oxford she saw Libby Stamp. January 
found her in Egypt with an Old 
Testament specialist, who is also an 
archaeologist. She cruised on the 
Mediterranean with children and grand- 
children. She is travelling and having 
fun Ann Whittingham Smith celebrat- 
ed her 70'" birthday and is busy with 
the Alliance Francaise and her tennis. 
She and Bob live close to their chil- 
dren Pat Ruppert Flanders' daughters, 
Cindy and Amy, and her grandchildren 
are presently living with her at Martha's 
Vineyard. Nell Dumas Hertf and Augie 
have been to New York where they saw 
the Lion King and the "fabulous" 
Hayden Planetarium, followed by a 10- 
day cruise to Montreal. She said they 
were having a terrible drought in San 
Antonio Frances Steet Smith and 
Gordon were in Bald Head Island and 
also spent two weeks in Aug. fly fish- 
ing in Montana and Wyoming. Their 
oldest granddaughter, Jenny, was 

queen of the Cotton Ball in 
Chattanooga. She and Gordon got 
together with Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
over the 4'" of July. Nancy Hamel 
Clarke and Blake had a visit with Pat 
Beach Thompson and Calvin. Nancy 
took a trip to Canada, visiting Ottawa, 
Montreal, and Quebec City, which 
helped her with her work at the 
Historical Museum. Martha Legg Katz 
writes that her son David is the 
"demonstration Chef" at the Culinary 
Institute of America at Greystone, in S. 
Helena, CA. His wife is personal chef to 
Joe Montana and Martha reports get- 
ting a "vicarious thrill from all." She's 
still cooking too. Harriet Thayer Elder 
says that life is sweet and that she is 
grateful for it and her children and 
grandchildren. She is still self- 
employed and was planning to hike a 
small part of the Appalachian Trail this 
year. Her grandson's nickname for her 
is "Binji." Barbara Baker Bird says she 
has a full and busy life, travels, spends 
her summers in Vermont and does 
substantial volunteer work. She and 
her partner are building a house in 
Florida, but she is not ready to leave 
Philadelphia yet. Two of her children 
work in the film industry in CA and one 
child lives in NH. Charlotte Snead 
Stilfel and Hank planned a biking and 
hiking trip in Spain with Anne Kelsey 
and Jack. Charlotte and Anne partnered 
last July in a wet and "soggy" gold 
tournament in Manchester, VT. Ann 
Trombore Ream and George were 
planning to spend their 13'" season in 
the southwest at Queen Valley, AZ. She 
announced the arrival of their first 
great grandson, Damien Ray. This is in 
addition to their 8 grandsons and 3 
granddaughters Grace Wallace Brown 
and Brady report the birth of grand- 
daughter Megan Brady Brown to 
youngest son Scott, making 6 grand- 
children in all. Jane Olmstead had a 
brief visit to see her son in the Hague, 
where he is working for a Dutch satel- 
lite company. She and her daughter 
had a great experience taking an apart- 
ment in Venice for two weeks. Pat 
Layne Winks manages to combine a 
nearly full-time job with many trips. 
She was in NY when her second 
grandchild, a boy, was born to son 
Michael and his wife Paula. In Aug. her 
son Chris was married to Adriana 
Gonzalez in a memorable ceremony at 
her uncle's "ranchito " near Puebia, 
Mexico. The newlyweds are now back 
at NYU working on their doctoral dis- 
sertations. Pat was planning a trip to 
Paris this year, which would be the 
sentimental 50'" anniversary of the first 
time she saw Pans Leila Booth Morris 
and Jim also had a very busy year with 
family, reunions, and friends. She and 
Jim were planning to visit son Jimmy 
and family in Heidelberg. Her daughter 
Catherine and family have moved back 
to Danville, VA and their oldest grand- 
son is in his 2'"'yearat JMU in 
Harrisonburg, VA, Last year at 
Thanksgiving, they saw the Grand 

Canyon and then had a family gather- 
ing in Scottsdale, AZ and this year they 
are planning a Mississippi cruise. Leila 
helped put together a neighborhood 
cookbook. She hopes to celebrate her 
next anniversary, their 50'^, in 
Heidelberg this year Anne Hoagland 
Kelsey went sailing with 1200 people 
through the Baltic and North Sea, visit- 
ing the Scandinavian countries. She 
and Jack still stay in Veto Beach, FL 
from Oct. to June where she is 
Program Chairman for the Colonial 
Dames Township Committee. With all 
of this she has still managed to have 
lunch with Kitchie Roseberry Tolleson 
in May. Mary John Ford Gilchrist has 
visited with Polly Plumb DeButts. 
Grace Wallace Brown. Eugenia Ellis, 
and Susan Hobson. She and Stuart had 
a reunion with Francis and Gordon 
Smith in Chattanooga. Polly Plumb 
writes that she now works for many 
tour bus companies around the coun- 
try. She was to participate in a 
Washington DC tour for eighth graders 
from Boston that included two of her 
granddaughters. She also gave a bus 
tour for her husband's St. Albans 
School Reunion on the 200 years of 
the great city of Washington, 1800- 
2000 Ginger Dreyfus Karren says she 
is very busy being a grandmother. She 
enjoys going to all the concerts in the 
Big Apple Pal Beach Thompson's life 
is very full with her farmhouse on Mt. 
Kisco and her volunteer work with the 
theatre. She and Calvin have been to 
Italy. She writes that Grace Wallace 
Brown is beginning to get ideas for our 
Big 50'*^. I attended a wonderful sym- 
posium at SBC in Oct., which celebrat- 
ed our new Center for Civic Renewal. It 
featured Andrea Mitchell, one of NBC's 
political correspondents, Daniel Schorr 
of CBS, CNN, and other notable 
reporters. They spoke about the topic 
of "technocracy in America 2000." It 
was very interesting and well done. We 
will plan for our 50'" reunion during 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Council on Sept. 
20'" & 21 ■' 2001 . Please try to come to 
Alumnae Council and bring your ideas 
for our 50'^. If you are unable to do 
that Mary John Ford Gilchrist asks that 
you send them to her Hope to see you 
in 2002. 


President: Dale Hutter Harris 
Secretary: Mary Ann Mellen Root 
Fund Agents: Mary Kimball Grier & 
Eleanor Johnson Ashby 

Great news first. Dolly Wallace 
Hartman married Kemp McLaughlin in 
Charleston, WV 10-7-00. 
Congratulations to you both. Dolly con- 
tinues her successful painting career 
Kemp is the author of the recently pub- 
lished book on the Air Force, "The 
Mighty Eighth in WWII," and they 
honey-mooned on his book tour Janet 
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air shows and was inducted into the 
Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame last fall. 
It seems the Class of '53 still has its 
eye on the sky. Isabel Grayson Parish 
and Hav still fly themselves to all sorts 
of fun places: music workshops in VT 
and FL (Hav is a bassoonsist as well as 
a doctor); and meetings in Utah. Ml, 
Memphis, FL and New Orleans. The 
last stop was for the famed Jazz festi- 
val, and a very successful art exhibit by 
their Episcopal priest son. Hav contin- 
ues to be a "Substitute Doctor", mostly 
in l\IC this past year 

Further afield went Eleanor 
Johnson Ashby and Garnett. Four 
weeks in Barcelona visiting their 
daughter and her husband who were 
on sabbatical from the Taft School; six 
weeks in London and the Scottish 
Highlands; and a visit to their son in 
LA. Eleanor was also in Guatemala for 
a week. Their daughter. Stuart, has just 
adopted a little boy from there. Stuart 
is now the representative for the Teddy 
Bear Adoption Agency in the beautiful, 
but poor, country. Kirk Tucker Clarkson 
and Jack travel by car, boat and plane. 
They sailed the east coast, visited their 
four grandchildren in Jacksonville, and 
even ran into Ginger TImmons 
Ludwick and Dave at the American 
Express Office in London. Kirk and 
Katty Turner Mears serve together on 
the Restoration Comm. of the Garden 
Club of VA. Ginger and Dave are plan- 
ning atrip to Prague, Berlin, 
Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo in 
summer 2001 . Ginger is working hard 
on restoring the historic National 
Cemetery in LA (dubbed "The Arlington 
of the West") and keeping the land 
away from developers. She sent a won- 
derful picture of their first grandchild. 
Alexander David, born to daughter 
Leslie ('80) last July. Nan C'Keeffe 
spent three glorious weeks in Tuscany 
last May and plans to go to Sicily this 
spring. She also had a great visit with 
CInnle Moorhead McNair in San 
Antonio. Cinnie and Norm welcomed a 
great grandson in Dec. Norm continues 
part time as business manager of the 
Ecumenical Center for Religion and 
Health, and Cinnie keeps busy with vol- 
unteer work. Mary Kimball Grier and 
Bas attended Nancy McDonald's birth- 
day party given by Floridians Eleanor 
and Garnett Ashby at their daughter's 
home in Watertown. CT. Great fun. 
Joan Arey Harrison went to Paris last 
year and has Disneyworld in her sights 
for 2001 Liz Gibson Brooke's state- 
side travels this year included visits 
with Betty Becblen Stone. Dolly 
Wallace McLaughlin, Ginger TImmons 
Ludwick, and Janle Piper Meredith 
The years pass, but the friendships 
remain. Anne Joyce Wyman and 
Joseph became first time grandparents 
when their daughter, Anneke, had a son 
in London 3 weeks early. Anne played 
cook and laundress until the scheduled 
arrival of the baby nurse. Other new 
arrivals were; a granddaughter for Joan 
Harrison and grandsons for Liz Brooks, 

Mary Grier, and Caroline Miller 
Ewlng. Both Caroline and Janle 
Dawson Mudwilder mentioned the 
huge amount of snow in Louisville this 
winter Caroline said it reminded her of 
some of those gorgeous snows we 
experienced while at SBC. Remember 
sliding down the dell at night on trays 
from the refectory? 

Kay Vennard LeBlanc "minded " 
grandchildren in Toronto and Boulder 
while their parents traveled. Kay and 
Joe went to Spain in May. Kay still 
does SAT and ACT tutoring plus work- 
ing with the Historical Society and an 
art gallery in Kansas City. Shirley 
Rankin DumesnII urges us all to visit 
Liberty Hall Historic Site in Frankfort, 
KY built by one of Kentucky's first sen- 
ators and named after his alma mater, 
now W&L. This and 5 grandchildren 
keep Shirley busy. In Houston Gloria 
Rawls Askew continues to munch 
lunch often with Nan O'Keeffe Nancy 
McGlnnIs Whitehead moved to a 
house in the NC mountains. There are 
two waterfalls on the property and she 
is enjoying the birds, woods, and 
peaceful atmosphere. Dale Mutter 
Harris is still "judging" in Lynchburg. 
Ted is more involved than ever in his 
500 year Forest Group. They had a very 
successful international conference at 
SBC in May 2000. Jane Perry Liles 
and George are busy with family and 
activities in Concord, NC. where 
George continues to serve as mayor. 
They'll host a '53 mini-reunion at 
Grandfather Mountain in May. Jo Wells 
Rodgers and Tom have moved to the 
Hallmark in Houston. Anne Elliott 
Caskle and Challon are among the 
lucky ones who have grandchildren liv- 
ing nearby. Anne and Kitty Guerrant 
Fields had a great time at the SB day 
luncheon in Richmond in Dec. It's hard 
to catch Kitty at home. Since last 
report she has been to Newport, Rl for 
the wedding of Joan Brophy Tyree's 
son, John; Harbor Springs and 
Mackinac Island Ml; Paris; a delightful- 
ly indulgent stay at a spa in Texas; and 
numerous visits back and forth with 
daughter. Fran, and family, Maggie 
Graves McClung and David happily 
divide their time between Smith Mt. 
Lake and Salem, VA, June Arata 
Pickett and Bob played host to Connie 
Werley Wakelee and Dave in Vero 
Beach in March, a nice change for 
Connie and Dave after the COLD Conn. 
Winter Both the Picketts and the 
Wakelees now have children living in 
Denver Edie Norman Wombwell and 
George have moved into their new 
house in Carbondale, CO where they 
spend Jan-March and June-Oct. They 
return to Louisville for a "grandchildren 
fix ". Kim Green Stone and John added 
to their ranch house in NV so they now 
have more room for children and 
grandchildren to visit. Kim is President 
of their Arabian Sport Horse 
Organization, an enjoyable but time 
consuming job. The trout pond they 
built on the ranch attracts fishermen 

and all kinds of wild birds. Katzy 
Bailey Nager and C.J. spent the holi- 
days on Long Boat Key FL. Francie 
('80), David and I loined them for a 
delicious Christmas dinner Back home 
in Lake Wylie Katzy is heading up the 
house tour for the 2™ year and C.J. is 
Pres. of The Lions Club. 

C.J. has filled me in on our cam- 
paign for the class of '53 Gate Fund. As 
you recall, our beautiful wrought iron 
gates given to the college at our 10'" 
reunion must be taken down when 
Route #29 is moved. They will be put 
back up when the new entrance is 
established. This takes money. We are 
doing very well. We have met the gen- 
erous challenge grant of Joan Brophy 
Tyree's sons for $30,000, but we still 
have room for more donors. So far 36 
classmates have contributed. We 
would love to raise the percentage, so 
keep us in mind. Wouldn't it be won- 
derful if they were in place for our 50'" 
reunion? What a great gate warming 
we could have! 


President: Ruth Frye Deaton 
Secretary: Bruce Watts Krucke 
Fund Agent: Louise Aubrey McFarland 

Isn't this wonderful — getting news 
from last Christmas before next 
Christmas! It will be brief — just glean- 
ings from the faithful few who still 
send me cards — hint, hint. One of the 
best parts is that there is no word limit 
(they may be sorry they told me that) 
so I can tell about families now too. 
Here is a voice from the past; Logan 
Bentley Lessona writes: "I'm writing 
you from Tuscany, and have to connect 
to Rome to get my mail so will be 
quick. I am actually coming to the US, 
first time since 1997 (didn't want to 
leave my dogs) on the Seabourn Sun 
which sails from Civitavecchia (near 
Rome) March 31 . . . I am so very excit- 
ed. I'll visit friends and when I find out 
when the Reunion is maybe even stop 
by SBC before heading west to Aspen 
where my bestest friend lives on a 
ranch with lots of dogs and animals. 
She is finishing a new house with 7 
guest rooms— mine is already being 
stocked with books and catalogs.,. She 
is also remodeling a house in Beverly 
Hills so we will be going back and 
forth. I'm expecting to head back to 
Italy in early October Oh yes, I am 
FINALLY a grandmother, but I'm afraid 
I don't cut the mustard where Italian 
grannies are concerned. My daughter 
is upset that I don't take the baby 
(Alexandra) to the park every day but 
I'm too busy running my websites: and the new one, a 
guide in English to Italian web sites 
which is" Logan's sites 
are: and 
http;// I'd love to see 
the URLs for other sites of our class 
members. I'll go first; 
Send me yours at 

Anne Thomas and Tom Donohue 
had a trip in 2000 to visit her brother's 
new home/ranch on fifty acres in 
Arroyo Grande, CA. They took a side 
trip to Lake Tahoe too. 

Caroline 'Kobe " Cbobot and Thom 
Garner have been back in TN a year 
now. Their travels included NC, VA, and 
MD as well as a rough trip on the QE II 
in June and another trip to London in 
September during which Thom spent 
ten days in bed with food poisoning. 
They babysit the grands. Thomas IV 
and Clara (new) and also Parker and 
Caroline often. 

Merl Hodges Major survived the 
Christmas house tours in Charles City 
and IS preparing for the Spring ones as 
I write. She and Kitty Guerrant Fields, 
SBC '53, toured the Hudson Valley with 
the VA Museum. St. Catherine's had a 
picnic luncheon party for their 50'" 
reunion class at Meri's house so there 
were classmates there — Margie Morris 
Powell and Shirley Poulson Broyles. 
Mary Jane Roos Fenn and Dick took 
Men and Faith Rahmer Croker for a 
sail on their Pandora 11. Men, her 
daughter, Louise, and her daughters 
had their annual week at the Old 
Cavalier in Virginia Beach, and Meri 
and Louise also went to Bermuda in 
August. These trips were to recover 
from Spring tours and to rest up for 
Autumn tours— five hundred came 
through on one day. 

Cynthia Sinclair and Bill 
Rutherford spent Christmas in NC with 
their sons and families. She is still 
teaching at Newman University and Bill 
is busier than ever crafting his garden 
bells, which appear in two national cat- 
alogs. They spent two weeks in 
England and Wales and will go again 
this summer Before her 50'" high 
school reunion in Highland Park, IL, 
they spent a week with friends in Wl. 
Joan Potter Bickel's 50'" HS reunion 
included a dinner for 32 at her house 
which came off without a hitch. She 
and Henry spent five weeks in FL and 
Sally Bumbaugh joined them for a 
week. They liked their new wider house 
boat so much that they got an even 
wider one and at Christmas time still 
had both and were anxious to sell one. 
The end of an era — they have decided 
that 2000 was the last of their annual 
before Christmas eggnog parties. I 
don't see how they do anything consid- 
ering they are up at 5:00 AM twice a 
week for the Muscular Dystrophy aqua- 

Jerry Driesbach Ludeke continues 
to fly all over the place, except she 
often goes by train, bus, car and foot. 
She takes care of her grandchildren at 
the drop of a hat and dashed to Fort 
Wayne to take her mother (94) to a 
funeral, took an Elderhostel course 
there on genealogy, and then went 
there for Christmas too. In July she 
and son, Kevin, and family climbed 
Half Dome in Yosemite — she loved the 

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admiring comments from the younger 
climbers. Jerry also attended two con- 
ferences ot the California Historical 
Societies and then had her dream trip 
to see the Passion Play in 
Oberammergau, followed by the Expo 
2000 in Hanover, Germany. 

Dallas "Dllly" Johnson Jones sent 
wonderful pictures of her grandchil- 
dren — the two oldest boys playing 
baseball, little Lucia in a ballet costume 
and the three year old boy triplets in 
summer outfits. They are a great look- 
ing bunch. Lynn Carlton and Mike 
WlcCaffree are as busy as ever. He is 
nearly full time at the Center for Naval 
Analyses and Lynn added lots of library 
volunteering to all her church work. To 
get away from winter they went to their 
time share in Orlando, Their grand- 
daughter, Emily, attended the Corcoran 
School of Art in the summer preparing 
a portfolio for college. In August they 
got away from the summer by going to 
their time share at Massanutten 
Mountain, They too went to the 
Passion Play and were so very moved 
and impressed with the production. 
After that they toured all over Bavaria 
and Austria, They had a couple of 
western trips thrown in there before 
Lynn had to prepare to play bells at the 
Christmas Eve service. 

Our years begin to sound the 
same, ,, went to Africa, did art 
shows, ,,,same of, same ol'. Bill, our 
granddaughter, Lauren, and I also had 
a week with my sister, Virginia, SBC 
'44, and her family at Topsail Beach, 
NC, and we'll do that and Africa again 
this year along with a river cruise from 
Amsterdam to Vienna, I spent a great 
deal of time building my website — an 
old dog can learn new tricks, I get to 
write more notes just before August 
first, so I hope to hear from many of 
you for inclusion in that. Remember 
you can talk about children and grand- 
children now too. Thanks for all your 


President: Audrey Stoddard and 
Mary Amanda McThenia lodlce 

Secretary: Frederlka Merrlman 

Fund Agent: Anne Kilby Gilhuly and 
Rebecca Faxon Knowles 

Reunion was wonderful. We had a 
great time seeing each other and talk- 
ing non-stop. As Amanda McThenia 
lodice put it, "We're in pretty good 
shape for the shape we are in"! Our 
most exciting class news is that Pam 
Compton Ware is to be married to Joe 
Knox. Pam had lunch with Mary Boyd 
Murray Trussell and George in Oravito, 
Italy, Petsy Gautler Mezey and Cliff 
were also in Italy this year, as well as 
London and Nova Scotia, Other Italian 
travelers were Lydia Plamp Mower and 
Gene Smith Smith who were planning 
to go on the SBC trip to Tuscany, Lydia 

and Ted had an earlier trip to 
Switzerland and France. Lydia said it 
was wonderful to finally see a gothic 
cathedral that she spent a whole 
semester studying with Miss Barton! 
Anne Williams Manchester, Shirley 
Sutliff Cooper, and Nancy Douthat 
Goss — with husbands — were also 
planning a trip to Tuscany, where they 
rented a villa together in Nov, Anne and 
Eli also spent 3 weeks In Scandinavia 
in June and July, Patsy Smith Ticer 
and Jack were in Belgium and Holland, 
as were Gail Davidson Bazarre and 
John, Betty Byrne Gill Ware and 
Hudnall traveled to France. Didi 
Stoddard had an 8 day walking tour in 
Ireland, Joan Kells Cook took several 
trips: Scotland and England, Spain and 
Portugal. Hawaii, and Mexico, 
Catherine Cage Bruns was also in 
Mexico, She ran into a church festival 
In Huitzilan and said it was absolutely 
wonderful, Milzi Streit Halla and 
Roman visited their son in Saco, 
Mexico, and also spent time in 
Montreal and Quebec, Mitzi, of course, 
is In the travel business, so that's part 
of her life. She took a group on an 
Alaskan cruise In August. In April she 
took a group from the American 
Cathedral in Pans to Syria and then 
spent a week in Paris. She and Roman 
were taking their sons and wives to 
Prague for Christmas. Phyllis Herndon 
Brissenden and Phyllis Joyner proba- 
bly had the most exotic trips. Phyllis 
Herndon Brissenden was in New 
Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands in Feb. 
Both Phyllises also spent time in India. 
Marty Hedeman Buckingham and Dick 
spent 2 weeks in Glacier National Park 
and Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper, 
Peggy West Valentine and Henry were 
in ME and VT Mary Boyd Murray 
Trussell had a short visit with Chase 
Lane Bruns in ME and a nice reunion 
with Ann Jeffers Hogarty in MA, Renis 
Siner Paton summers In a wonderful 
vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, DE. 
Dede Harrison Austin and Larry spend 
lots of time in Highlands, NC where 
they are doing over an old mountain 
cottage Camille Williams Yow spent a 
week in Chautaugua, NY in Aug. She 
wrote that she was very grateful for her 
liberal arts education which helped her 
enjoy all the cultural events at 
Chautaugua. Liz Rector Keener wrote 
of several trips: FL, CA, ME, Prince 
Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, Every 
year Liz goes to a Liturgical Arts 
Conference in Kanuga, NC, Ruth 
Campbell VanDerpoel had 2 lovely 
trips: Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion in 
Aug, and Savannah, Charleston, and 
Hilton Head in April, Jane Dildy 
Williams and Mac spent 10 days on a 
small cruise ship on Chesapeake Bay, 
They went to all kinds of "out-of-the- 
way" places and had a wonderful time. 
Palsy Smith Ticer spent 2 weeks in 
Aug. on Shelter Island, near Long 
Island. Gall Davidson Bazzarre and 
John visited one daughter In CA in 
Sept. and the other in IL over 

Thanksgiving, I went back to SBC again 
in Sept, and then spent a couple of 
days with Ginger Chamblin Greene 
and Art, Lydia visited Bar Plamp Hunt 
in CA in Sept, and reports that George 
is now doing fine. Besides travel, the 
most important, exciting, and enjoyable 
subject that everyone wrote about was 
grandchildren, Camille Williams Yow 
and Petsy Gautier Mezey lead the way 
with 12 each. They are followed closely 
by Peggy West Valentine who has 10 
Sue Lawton Mobley, Gail Davidson 
Bazzarre, Susanne Bernard Odence, 
Patty McClay Boggs, Mary Boyd 
Murray Trussell, Anne Williams 
Manchester, and Amanda McThenia 
lodice all said what joy it is to have (at 
least some of) their grandchildren 
close by Joan Kells Cook, Honey 
Addington Passano, Renis Siner 
Paton, Patty McClay Boggs, and Betty 
Byrne Gill Ware all reported the births 
of new grandchildren. Congratulations 
all around! Patty McClay Boggs and 
Marty Hedeman Buckingham both 
reported what fun it was to be neigh- 
bors. They see each other often. Peggy 
West Valentine Is on the board of 
Children's Hospital in Richmond, VA, 
Renis Siner Paton is still doing estate 
sales, Ginger Chamblin Greene is 
reading science books for Recording 
for the Blind, and I am still tutoring 
illiterate adults. Tinker Beard wrote of 
being the "Reunion Chair" for her 50'" 
in prep school. Patsy Smith Ticer, as 
VA State Senator, is our most famous 
classmate. Phyllis Joyner has moved 
her painting studio to an artist's colony 
in Brooklyn, NY, 

She loves the exciting atmosphere 
and has recently acted in a play for the 
first time in her life! And, of course, 
Jane Feltus Welch is still our star, per- 
forming in Buffalo, NY in Oct, and in 
Denver, CO in March, Finally, 
Congratulations to all of us. We had 
our best fund raising ever this year! 


President: Nancie Howe Entenmann 
Secretaries: Meredith Smythe Grider, 

Made Clay Nichols 
Fund Agent: Janet Monroe Schumann 

"I hope everyone is as happy as we 
are," writes Parksie Carroll 
Mulholland and their life does seem 
blissful. They have moved from their 
home of 35 years to a townhouse and 
seem to be on the road or on the golf 
course since settling in. They are at 
their condo m Ft. Myers from Jan-April 
and now have more time for the 
"mountain spot in Virginia." Parksie is 
still playing lots of golf and ludging for 
garden clubs and, like the rest of us, is 
trying to conquer the computer. 
Obviously the changes in the 
Mulholland life style are very satisfying, 
A mystery for all you 56ers: who is 
this? It's not signed and your only clue 
Is that the card Is stamped from 

Atlanta, To quote: "Not much news 
except that Charlie (and I) have a farm 
an hour from home in a little town, 
Roscoe, above Newnan on the banks of 
the Chattahoochee, He raises hay, and 
we have a small fishing lake and hors- 
es. Lots of fun for all the family - the 
SIX grandchildren enjoy it almost as 
much as Charlie does. " Regis awaits 
your answer Norma Davis Owen and 
Penn gathered the family in a house 
they rented In Charlevoix, Michigan last 
summer and did not come to Torch 
Lake, 30 miles south, to see me, 
Meredith. Please do come next time. 
Last April they journeyed to Egypt, an 
enlightening and exhilarating experi- 
ence, August found them on a cruise 
from Venice Into the Mediterranean, 
ending In Barcelona where they spent 
time with Rob Nichols, Macie's son, 
and a "charming guy." And Norma says 
she is not a very newsworthy person!!! 
Ha! Another happy opening line: "Life 
Is pretty wonderful here in Santa 
Barbara," Debbie Brown Stalker and 
Peter are both active volunteers in their 
community and "are very energized by 
the new faces from around the globe," 
Currently they are working to create a 
new venue and facility for the equity 
theatre but the result will be years 
down the road. They had a family 
reunion of 18 (10 grandchildren) at 
Sea Island, GA and spent two weeks In 
residence In Paris, They are on the way 
to Argentina and Chile and then will 
spend 2 to 3 months at their New York 
apartment near the east coast children 
and the theatres. Rose Montgomery 
Johnston is still in Memphis working 
as a psychologist in private practice. 
She and Tom have 10 grandchildren 
scattered from Montana to the 
Carollnas, Tom has had to retire from 
the legal profession due to a long- 
standing infection following several hip 
replacements. Rose has been on two 
walking trips in Europe and is planning 
one in Ireland in the fall. Sounds excit- 
ing! Jeannie Applequist writes from 
Peaceful Valley Colorado that "it's bliz- 
zarding sideways" and Isn't that the 
most descriptive phrase! Bear, elk, 
mountain lions and deer have kept her 
company throughout the fall and winter 
and the trees are sleeping peacefully 
awaiting the start of spring harvesting, 
March 1", of evergreens, aspens and 
cottonwoods growing on their tree 
farm (Trollhager Tree Ranch), It all 
sounds so,,, well, peaceful., and out- 
doorsy. Pretty wonderful! Ann Stevens 
Allen has been travelling since we 
heard from her last. She and her son 
Scott went to Spain and Italy in 
October and she and her sister Lee 
have just returned from a tour to South 
Africa. It was a wonderful trip and 
along with seeing Victoria Falls they 
rode an elephant out in the bush look- 
ing for game. She says the scenic 
beauty of the southern coast is just 
outstanding. Both Ann Allen and Beth 
Forbes Rayburn mentioned that Bet 
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"Pete," a pretty little Haflinger horse 
that Ann had found for the Rayburn's 
farm. It came with a cart and a wag- 
onette and now Bet is busy with hors- 
es, dogs, grandchildren and timber. 
She says Ann told her this would be 
funlM Bet did visit her daughter in 
Paris this summer and that was fun! 
Nancie Howe Entemann and husband 
Dicl< have led a busy life with travels to 
Portugal and visits to children in El 
Paso and Madison, Wl. They are doing 
volunteer work for their church, 
Colonial Dames, Dick's semi-profes- 
sional Chorale, Maumee Valley G. S. 
Council disability-sensitivity project 
with their church Sunday School class, 
and the planning of the 45'" SBC 
reunion. One thing we have learned 
throughout the ten years of writing 
class notes is that Nancie is one active 
lady! Janet Monroe Schumann is still 
working full time as Director of 
Development for the school of engi- 
neering at Johns Hopkins University in 
Baltimore. Her travels have taken her to 
New York, New Jersey Colorado, 
Idaho, Florida and that is to name a 
few! The grandchildren, 4 & 2, and 
parents have visited from Barbados 
where they are still living and that has 
been "lovely and hectic." Helen Turner 
Murphy writes that she is missing Ella 
Prince and has been deeply affected by 
her death. "She was truly unique and 
beloved by all who had the good for- 
tune to know her" Yes, well said and 
none will forget her Tayloe retired from 
the legislature last year but is still prac- 
ticing law. Helen has just finished 
being senior warden for two years at 
her church and six years on the board 
of the Virginia Historical Society. She 
remains active with the Lewis Ginter 
Botanical Garden, the Virginia chapter 
of the Nature Conservancy and the 
Garden Club of Virginia. As well as run- 
ning 3 miles every morning, sailing, 
playing tennis and working in the yard. 
"Life is good and I am blessed." Jane 
Black Clark had a reoccurrence of can- 
cer last year and had surgery and radi- 
ation, but "I'm recovering well." You go 
girl! She and David had a wonderful 
Caribbean cruise New Year's week with 
their girls and their families. That 
meant a total of 16; 9 are grandchil- 
dren and two of these are rising sen- 
iors in high school. That is really hard 
to believe. . . time does fly! "We are 
making the most of each day" says 
Kay Smith Schauer as they hop in 
their RV and travel, doing some 
Elderhostels and treasuring each day 
they can see their three grandchildren 
in Franklin. MA. From the Alumnae 
Office at SBC we have received an arti- 
cle about the McPhee sisters, daugh- 
ters of Pryde Brown, and the book 
three of them have written titled: "Girls: 
Ordinary Girls and their Extraordinary 
Pursuits." These women have been 
very much inspired by their mother 
and Pryde has been successful at 
motherhood as well as photography. 
Having heard the sisters interviewed on 

PBS, and having raised three girls, I 
am very much interested in their find- 
ings and think it's fascinating that 
these women, raised in the 60s and 
70s, have pursued this subject. There 
is a huge post office stamp in the mid- 
dle of the card from Nancy Ettlnger 
Minor and there is a lot written that 
can't be read. However, it seems that 
she and Raleigh took a 12,000-mile 
driving trip through the west together 
and visited all the national parks — the 
adventure inspired by a wedding they 
were attending in Sedona, AZ. It looks 
like they saw the entire country west of 
the Mississippi and that it was wonder- 
ful. I think I can read that upon return 
they discovered that Raleigh's cancer 
has reoccurred, but except for fatigue, 
he looks good and feels great and they 
are off to the islands and keys of 
Florida for the rest of winter The post 
office occasionally does not make it 
easy to read these cards. . and we 
won't mention some of the handwrit- 
ing!!! Evy Christian Gregory has 
moved to Madison, NJ, closer to her 
job in Newark and to Juilliard where 
she attends the Evening School. She 
will travel in June to Vienna and 
Salzburg: she enjoys close contact with 
her niece, daughter of sister Ceci. 
Leona Chang Crozier has 3 grandsons 
and 2 granddaughters ages 3-9. Her 
89-year old father recuperated from a 
broken hip with her and brother Hank 
relocated from NY to CA nearby The 
family gathers annually at Lake Tahoe. 
The wedding of daughter, Martha, will 
keep Joyce Lenz Young from reunion. 
Bride and groom met in Antarctica 
where she was doing research... won- 
der what her subject was? Hugh has 
retired and they enjoy 2 grandsons 
under 2, children of son Hugh III; son 
Mark is in corporate finance. She 
reports that Brucie Bordley Gibbs has 
built a beautiful home. Mary Ann 
Quarngesser Willingham married Jim 
in November at a small family wedding 
in Orlando. They will divide time 
between Florida in cold weather and 
NC mostly They have a tribe now — she 
has 2 each grandchildren and he has 4 
grandsons and 1 granddaughter The 
latest arrival is to her youngest. Suzie 
and Brooks Amiot. She plans to be at 
SBC in May From England, news 
comes from Ann Train Ross, who is 
also coming to reunion in May Both of 
them are retired, doing volunteer work 
and grandparenting 5 boys and 1 girl. 
Son Richard lives in San Francisco and 
they came over The Train clan reunited 
in Scotland in August and then took a 
trip to Menorca for some sunshine. 
Another reunion attendee will be Joan 
Broman Wright, now living in 
Charlottesville where the family gath- 
ered for Christmas for the first time. 
Travels to a river cruise on the St. 
Lawrence, New England for fall color 
and a Princeton classmates' gathering 
on the Cape kept their bags packed. Or. 
Harriet Cooper is international! Her 
writing has led to conferences where 

she has presented papers on 20'" cen- 
tury writers in Worcester, MA, Brazil, 
Canterbury. England, and Berlin. Joan 
Fisch and Jim Gallivan have taken up 
fly fishing, traveled to Argentina and 
will return in Feb. Their 5 grandchildren 
- 3 in Dallas and 2 in Nashville - are 
delights! They will be attending Jim's 
W&L reunion and will miss ours. Our 
Junior transfer Denny Henkel, finished 
at U. of Denver, married Steve and 
skied on! They sailed their new boat 
from San Diego home to Seattle. She 
remembers roommates Joyce Lenz 
and Jolly Urner fondly from days in 
Boxwood. Ann Greer Adams sent news 
of life with retired husband, six grand- 
children, and travels to Provence on a 
Sweet Briar College trip. She still plays 
piano, performs and played a benefit 
for Tuberous Sclerosis which raised 
$23,000 for the group; her 5-year old 
grandson was born with the disease. 
She knows Miss Marik would be 
proud! There are other trips on the 
schedule: Normandy, England, and 
Italy. Twice a year she comes to 
Louisville for Presbyterian Seminary 
Board weekends and Macie joins her 
there for a good catch-up. Nancy 
Ettlnger and Raleigh Minor have 
moved back to The Landings from 
Jacksonville, play lots of golf, travel to 
Virginia, her home, on up northeast 
with stops in NYC for city pleasures. 
The toll was bypass surgery for 
Raleigh followed by recovery time in 
the NC mountains. They are healthy 
now and enjoy church and volunteer 
work with Hospice and Kiwanis. The 
Clintons, Barbara Darnell and Dan, 
have had interesting trips in his capaci- 
ty as President Elect of the National 
Society of Professional Engineers. 
Barbara's interest in genealogy has 
taken them to sites in NC where ances- 
tors fed George Washington breakfast 
on his tour of the South after his elec- 
tion. She sings with her church and 
keeps up with "Queenie." her 90-year 
old mother. "The Nichols group is still 
scattered, but we travel a lot between 
locations — St. Pete, Barcelona, and 
Louisville. Robert and I are the oldest 
non-retired contemporaries, but we still 
sell bonds and houses. Had a great 
Crystal Cruise last fall around the 
Mediterranean and saw places Miss 
Barton introduced me to in Art 
History... a thrill! This is our year for 
Provence in June again, the 8"'time in 
the same wonderful house. If you are 
going to be in the area, let me know. I 
don't plan on being at reunion - but 
live it up, remember those missed ones 
and treasure times gone by and those 
right now." From Meredith Smythe 
Grider: "I have been blessed with in- 
vitro twin grandchildren born to Lisa 
my middle daughter: a boy named 
Grider and a girl, Clara Stewart. Now I 
am going to have two more in-vitro 
twins in August, if all goes well, chil- 
dren of oldest daughter Gaines. Isn't it 
amazing what they can do these days 
and how wonderful it is that this tech- 

nique is available for these girls who 
have waited so long to have children. 
So I am suddenly going from none to a 
plethora of grandchildren! I tell you 
they can be exhausting! I am recover- 
ing from the loss of my best friend and 
going forward in life, travelling and 
enjoying my children who have been 
wonderful to me. I still have my store 
in Michigan and that has kept me very 
busy. Have just returned from a cruise 
to Turkey and Greece with youngest 
daughter Meredith, and am off to 
Sanibel. Haven't made any life chang- 
ing decisions yet so nothing more to 
report except that I will be unable to be 
there for reunion, as I have to open up 
the store in May. This makes me 
unhappy but I promise you that I will 
be there for the 50'^. I doubt I have the 
energy to keep the store open much 
longer. . .getting older now!" As for 
your secretaries, we have had a good 
time keeping up with you and your 
activities and it will be a lot more fun 
to write this in the future without limi- 
tation on the number of words to be 
used. But, a reminder to those of you 
kind enough to send in your cards: it is 
often hard to read your handwriting 
and there have been occasions when 
we cannot decipher the sentence. Plus 
we have had people not sign their 
names, which is even more frustrating. 
It is so nice to have heard from those 
of you who have been faithful but it 
would be even better if we could hear 
from some of you that have not been 
heeding the call for news of your lives 
and activities. Every so often drop your 
secretary a line and make life easier for 
her She deserves a break! 


President: Lynn Prior Harrington 
Secretary: Jane Shipman Kuntz 
Fund Agent: Ethel Ogden Burwell 

Susan Day Dean is now a "profes- 
sor emeritus" from Bryn Mawr College 
where she taught for 25 years. She has 
moved to Tacoma, WA to be near her 
son and daughter She plans to find 
some "useful" volunteer work and "just 
enioy being alive while I am!" Adele 
Scott Caruthers, Santa Fe, NM spent a 
long weekend in Juarez, Mexico, help- 
ing build a house, a "life-changing 
experience," sponsored by her local 
Episcopal Church. She also joined an 
anti-nuclear protest at Los Alamos on 
the 55'" anniversary of the bombing of 
Nagasaki. Adele gave herself a birthday 
present, a trip to southern France with 
a watercolor painting group sponsored 
by the International Arts magazine with 
Australian painter Robert Wade as the 
guide. Adele comments that her SBC 
French came in handy and she learned 
quite a lot about French cuisine. Betty 
Ray Sivalls Davis and her husband. 
Midland, TX, still enjoy butterfly and 
bird watching; they went on excursions 
to Spain, the Galapagos Islands, 

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Machu Pichu, and Argentina. The 
Davises have five "grand-girls." From 
Memphis. TIM comes the news that 
Marietta Eggleston Burleigh is serving 
on the search committee to find a new 
director for the Memphis Botanic 
Gardens. She has nine grandchildren 
and three step-grandchildren. Bessie 
Smith Stone and Bob visited the 
Burleighs twice and she reports that 
Lynn Crosby Gammill is in and out of 
Memphis often. 

Sandra Elder Harper had a great 
time re-connecting with Woody 
Coggeshall Nock, after 44 years, at 
Sandra's nephew's wedding in May. 
Woody sent her a copy of the class 
photo from reunion and she "couldn't 
get over how great everyone looked!" 
She missed our get-together because 
she had to attend husband Tom's 
reunion since he was the chairman. Ina 
Hamilton Houck, Chicago, writes that 
her son Donovan married Rama Bhalla 
in a lovely garden wedding in Cleveland 
in June. It was celebrated in both tradi- 
tional Christian and Hindu ceremonies. 
Three generations of family and guests 
attended from India, Africa, Great 
Britain and the U.S. Ina recovered 
enough from arthroscopic l<nee sur- 
gery that she and John were able to go 
on a Univ. of Chicago alumni trip to 
Sorrento, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast 
this summer The Class of 58's very 
illustrious member, Ethel Ogden 
Burwell, has children all over the 
South: Lisa (SBC '84), husband and 
three children, plus another on the 
way, are in Olney, MD: Ethel (SBC '82). 
her Presbyterian minister husband and 
two children live in Camden, AL; and 
Armistead III and his wife call Atlanta 
home. The Burwells are involved in 
many community volunteer projects in 
Grosse Pointe Farms, Ml but spend the 
month of March at Perdido Key, FL. 
She encourages our class members to 
stop at SBC and see all the great things 
going on there and to plan to attend 
our 45" reunion in 2003. Last spring 
Lee Cooper van de Velde. Lynn Prior 
Harrington. Jane Oxner Waring and 
Eleanor Cain Pope spent four days 
together at Lanny Tully Webster's 
beach house; they had a "spring fling" 
last year in Natchez and plan to keep it 
up. Lee's two "smartest, cutest and 
fun-est grandsons" live just five blocks 
from her in Philadelphia. Carol 
McClave Duncan and Don, Robesonia, 
PA, spent a month this fall touring 
Germany, Austria, Switzerland and 
Italy. Carol is happy to renew her 
friendship with former SBC roommate 
Joan Nelson Bargamin who.with her 
husband, has visited the Duncans. It 
sounds as if Ruth Mackle Gabay, 
Mendham, NJ is making time stand 
still! She teaches tap-dancing. Algebra 
I and computers. Her oldest son Mark, 
a forecast analyst for Waterford 
/Wedgewood and a commander in the 
naval reserve, will be married April 
2001 ; her youngest son Matthew is a 
navy helicopter pilot serving in 

Bahrain; son John is studying law 
enforcement m FL; and daughter 
Allison and her husband are both in 
computers and are the parents of 16 
month old Emily. Bessie Smith Stone 
answered her plea for news on an 
"absolutely gorgeous New England fall 
day" from Edgartown. MA on Martha's 
Vineyard. She and Bob had a busy 
summer spending three weeks in 
northern Ml where she saw her cousin 
Jane Jamison Messer (SBC '59) and 
her family including her aunt Sara 
Callison Jamison (SBC '29) who, she 
says, still keeps all of them "on their 
toes." They also attended a wedding in 
MS and a family reunion in WVA. She 
also mentioned that she saw Marietta 
Eggleston Burleigh when she and Bob 
were in Memphis. She adds that she 
and Bob are "getting along wonderfully 
and really have fun together" Life in 
Damariscotta, ME is a joy for Julie 
Booth Perry. She writes that her chil- 
dren are all grown and "scattered 
around the globe" and that she has 3 
grandchildren. Julie goes on to say that 
she is "finding the extraordinary in the 
ordinary and is a member of nothing in 
particular — certainly though, the 
human race " Ann McCullough Floyd 
has lots of news from her home in 
Murrell's Inlet, SC. In 1999, Jack had 
cancer surgery but has recovered nice- 
ly. They went to Colorado Springs for 
some golf this year Their daughter has 
run in the NY marathon and last year 
the Floyds were there to cheer her on. 
Their son and his wife and 3 year old 
daughter live in Savannah. Ann wrote 
warmly of her SBC roommate Kenan 
Myers Van Vranken who died in August 
after an 11 -year battle with cancer. The 
Floyds and the Van Vrankens got 
together whenever possible. Ann 
observed that Kenan kept her "wonder- 
ful laugh and sense of humor" A 
memorial has been established at St. 
Matthews Episcopal Church in 
Pennington, NJ. I'm sure all of you join 
me in sending condolences to her fam- 
ily We also received news that class- 
mate Barbara McClancy Cleveland, OH 
died in May 2000. Her family also has 
our sympathy From Williamsburg, VA 
comes a note from Ruth Frame 
Salzberg. They recently went to 
Australia and New Zealand where they 
ballooned, rode a jet boat, went "cav- 
ing," saw Ayers Rock, the outback and 
the Great Barrier Reef. In l\IZ Ruth 
bungee jumped off the 160' high 
Karawau Bridge — "awesome!" Ruth 
has had a book on coping humor for 
breast cancer patients published and 
has the pleasure of baby-sitting with 
four grandchildren and quiliting. Betsy 
Pender Carlson is now the wife of a 
vice admiral; they live 20 minutes north 
of Charlottesville on a large farm. She 
loves being retired but still gardens 
and loves to see her son, daughter-in- 
law and only grandchild Maggie, 18 
months old. Her son is a 4"'year med 
student at UVA; one daughter is a 
lawyer in NYC; and her other daughter. 

who was recently married at the 
Carlsons' farm is a recorded singer and 
has a novel with an agent. Ceci Banner 
Dickson writes briefly from Leesburg, 
VA that all is well with her family; her 
daughter Jenny who went to Albion 
College with my daughters has been a 
very active alum there. Now here's the 
news from Richmond. Mary Johnson 
Campbell writes of weddings and 
babies; daughter Windy was married in 
a garden wedding to Cole Rice m May 
and they have settled close to Mary 
and David in Richmond; Tibby Moore 
Gardner is the grandmother of twin 
boys who arrived in September The 
Campbells' daughter Margaret Ullrich, 
her husband and two little girls have 
moved to Charlotte. Mary mentioned 
that Patty Sykes Treadwell will be hav- 
ing a wedding in her family in the late 
fall of 2000. Molly Archer Payne's son 
was married at the Paynes' mountain 
home in a beautiful garden wedding. 
When Mary wrote she was about to 
"embark on a trip to Baltimore." Patty 
Twohy Williams described the Payne 
wedding as lovely; Ginny Tyson 
Lawrence and Ralph joined the festivi- 
ties with Patty and Edward. The 
Lawrences went barging through 
France in October The Twohys were 
entertained last summer by Cornelia 
Long Matson and husband Dick at 
their beautiful home in the Dordogne 
region of France. The Matson's have 
vineyards and Patty writes that this 
year's vintage is supposed to be the 
■ best ever." Dorothy "Poogie" Wyatt 
Shields is involved In her church's 
neighborhood after-school program, 
housing and homeless workgroups and 
at the local hospital. She also writes a 
weekly scripture meditation on the 
website of an ecumenical retreat center 
and tries to discipline herself to write 
more. She spends as much time as 
possible with her children and 3 grand- 
daughters Louise Dunham Williams 
is recovering from a broken ankle as 
she writes us. She and Harold took a 
cruise last fall through the Panama 
Canal. The Williams had a festive party 
for Louise's mother who turned 100 
the same day as Britain's "Queen 
Mum." Ann Gwinn Fox (SBC '57) 
attended the event. The Williams are 
thrilled that son Harold and his family 
have returned to Richmond; their 7 
year old son Drew is at St. 
Christopher's and 4 year old Caroline is 
in pre-school. Joan Nelson Bargamin 
writes that she and Paul are still 
involved in antiques; Joan runs a new 
mall and also sells her Victorian jewel- 
ry through several outlets including the 
Sherlock Holmes Museum in London. 
Both the Bargamins have had some 
health problems over the last year, but 
Joan says she believes they're on the 
mend. Son Stephen is the comptroller 
and vice president of a firm in Tampa, 
FL; son Paul lives nearby so they get to 
see Alexis, 7, and Matt, 5, often. Joan 
sees SBC roommates Carol McClave 
Duncan and Ann Watkins Custard; she 

and Louise Dunham Williams also get 
together My big news is that Martha 
Schenck and her children have moved 
back to Oakwood for a year while her 
husband Don serves as regional secu- 
rity officer at the embassy in Luanda, 
Angola, on "hazardous duty." The 
Schencks returned in July from 3 years 
in Namibia. Although we wish that Don 
were with his family, Eddie and I are 
having the time of our lives being "on- 
site" grandparents for Katie, 12, 
Lauren, 10, and Cole, 4 1/2. Another 
bonus is that Martha's twin Lee 
Eckerman, Clarksville, TN, is coming 
home more often with her 10 1/2 yr. 
old son Scottie, to be with Martha and 
younger sister Anne. Lee is on the go 
as the victim-witness advocate for the 
district attorney of two counties. I was 
in TN to stay with Scottie in mid-Oct. 
while Lee attended a professional con- 
ference in Chattanooga. We joined her 
there and had 2 delightful days re-dis- 
covering my mother's hometown. 
Anne, in Dayton, continues to lead a 
very busy life as director of after-care 
services for a large local funeral home 
where she also serves as a grief coun- 
selor and funeral director I have just 
taken on a new position as Zone X 
public relations representative for the 
Garden Club of America; we had a mar- 
velous meeting in D.C. in Oct. when a 
butterfly habitat garden, given by GCA 
to the Smithsonian, was dedicated. An 
added treat was spending time with old 
friend, Vicki Chainski Verity (SBC '66), 
who is the p.r representative from the 
Chicago area. I continue to sing in the 
Dayton Philharmonic chorus and in the 
choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
and I am still a free-lance writer Eddie 
and I got to the family cottage in north- 
ern Ml several times this year and I 
took Mother (Martha McBroom 
Shipman, SBC '31 ) up over the 4'" of 
July weekend. As always, I thank each 
and every one of you for taking the 
time to write; I love getting e-mails- 
they're so easy! I continue to be 
amazed at the versatility and capability 
of our class members. Keep in touch 
and think 2003! 


President: Alice Gary Farmer Brown 
Secretary: Judy Nevins LeHardy 
Fund Agents: Ann Young Bloom & 
Betsy Smith White 

It was good to hear from so many 
of '59 this year! Many responses came 
by e-mail and I would like to encourage 
that, for those of you who have it. My 
address is 
Now for the news... sad to say the col- 
lege notified me last summer that 
Catherine Frowery Greer died on 
March 12, 2000. Also, I am sorry to 
have to report the death of Ann 
Pegram Harris' husband, Byron, after 
a long and valiant battle with illness. 
Our sympathy goes out to Ann, who 

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also reported the birth of a "delicious" 
/'"grandchild, noting that "life gives 
and takes with two hands." Alice Cary 
Farmer Brown was recently surprised 
to learn that she has been named a 
recipient of a Sweet Briar College 
Centennial Award— one of only 22 fac- 
ulty, staff, alumnae, and friends who 
have been selected to receive this spe- 
cial award on Saturday, April 21, '01 
during the Centennial Gala celebration. 
She said that she would accept it on 
behalf of all of us — feeling "embar- 
rassed , as so, so many have done so 
much more". Congratulations from all 
of us, Alice Cary, for this well-deserved 
recognition! Jane Wheeler Garcia 
believes she may have the distinction 
of being the last of us to have a 
baby — Augustus Israel Garcia was 
born in 1978 and will graduate from 
Wheaton College, Illinois, in May, with 
a double major in Political Science and 
Biblical Studies. As an "old religion 
major" she is grateful and proud. 
Fleming Parker Rutledge has written 
another book, Help My Unbelief, and 
says both of her books are selling quite 
well. She spent much time in New 
Orleans in 2000 preaching and teach- 
ing at Trinity Church. She found New 
Orleans "a city of unique character and 
seductiveness" Cay Ramey Howard 
Welmer's big news is the birth of Eliza 
Randolph Howard, her first grand baby, 
born January IS'^o her son L.W. 
Howard, Jr. and his wife, Laura. She is 
happy that they also live in Richmond. 
Snowdon Durham Byron was off to 
France and Italy last fall, visiting Mary 
Ballou Handy Ballentine and other 
friends in their rented villa on a moun- 
tain top in Tuscany . Her sister's 
(Louise Durliam Purvis'62) husband, 
John, is a member of the European 
Parliament representing Scotland, and 
they visited the new headquarters in 
Strasburg, watching and listening to a 
session. Linda Knickerbocker Ford had 
a great visit with Cookie Cooke Carle 
when she came by for the night and is 
busy with her farm and many projects. 
Jini Jones Vail and family have just 
welcomed a new granddaughter- 
Sophia Elizabeth Dyer, on Oct. 2, 2000, 
making a total of 4 grandchildren. Two 
of them, in Amy's and Rusty's families, 
live close by in Watertown, CT She is 
still doing work on the "Governor's 
Commission for American and 
Francophile Cultural Affairs in the State 
of CT" writing a book on French influ- 
ence in CT and promoting the 
Washington and Rochambeau 
Revolutionary Route from Newport, Rl 
to Yorktown, VA . She and classmates 
Erna Westwig, Sandy Sylvia, Sarali J. 
Moore, Mary Davis, and Polly Taylor 
plan another mini reunion in June 2001 
on Block Island Marge McCollum 
Tillman writes that she and Fred are 
enjoying leading a fine, laid-back life in 
Santa Fe, where they retired and built a 
home. From Polly Space Dunn in 
Savannah comes news that a grand- 
daughter, Maggie was born to their 

daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, 
Andrew, in Sept. 2000. They all had a 
joyful Christmas together in Savannah. 
The Dunns still spend their summers in 
the NC mountains where Polly sees 
Lizora Yonce and Nina Ralne occa- 
sionally, and plays lots of golf. She is 
still playing tennis, and paints— oil and 
water color. Rachel Bok Goldman and 
Allen are thoroughly enjoying retire- 
ment — though she suspects he is 
enjoying it more "because homemak- 
ers never retire!" In May during their 
voyage on the Black Sea they stopped 
at Balaklava, Crimea, where the 600 
rode into the Valley of Death, and Yalta, 
where she patted the table used by the 
Big Three at the Yalta Conference. 
Rachel sends greetings. I would like to 
quote a card I received from Caroline 
Green; " I hope this card from me will 
find all of you from Sweet Briar College 
all right. I am fine and I continue to 
enjoy living on Powell 2 East here at 
Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, 
GA. With love, Caroline Green". Her zip 
code is 31061, in case anyone would 
like to drop her a line. 

Ginny Robinson Harris' daughter, 
Whitney Bolt Lewis (SBC 88), had a 
son, Connor Frantz Lewis, in October. 
Whitney is opening a new vet clinic in 
Charlotte — the Piper Glen Animal 
Hospital. Ginny traveled with Whitney 
to Spain and Portugal last year, and 
does work with their community the- 
ater and art league. She toured Italy in 
Sept. with her gardening group and will 
go to Ireland this year. Ann Hearin is 
still at the Kitchen Store, having moved 
into space double the size of the old 
shop. She is planning a trip to Ireland, 
either 8 days of golf or a walking tour. 
She says she is "feeling great, only 12 
pounds heavier. " Courtney Gibson 
Pelley and Herb continue to do lots of 
volunteer work ("He says I raise my 
right hand and he gets to volunteer") 
They went to New Orleans on an up- 
scale Elderhostel from Dec. 10'" to 15'" 
to celebrate their anniversary. They 
went on another one to Nova Scotia in 
June 2000 and then went on to Prince 
Edward Island. She says, "No more 
expensive trips for us— we have 
learned to read the Elderhostel cata- 
logue." Lizora Miller Yonce's husband, 
Sam, is retired so they spend the win- 
ter away from CT on the west coast of 
Fl, where she says they've met lots of 
interesting mid-westerners. Many 
Richmonders go to the Gasparilla Inn 
there so she keeps in touch with her 
roots. In the summer they go to a fam- 
ily home on Fishers Island, NY, where 
they sometimes see Alice Cary Farmer 
Brown. They enjoy their grandchildren, 
Sam III, who is 6, and Isabelle and 
Caroline Yonce, born in May 2000. 

From Virginia Ramsey Crawford 
comes news of the marriage of the 
youngest of their five girls, Sarah, to 
Douglas Kalata, a lawyer from PA, on 
June 3'" 2000 in Boston. That same 
week Mac had his 50'" Princeton 
reunion, and Virginia sang the Verdi 

Requiem in Carnegie Hall two days 
before the wedding! With four girls 
married, they now have 8 grandchil- 
dren, 3 girls and 3 boys. They spend 
summers in Chautauqua, NY are going 
to Holland in the spring, Russia, 
Estonia and Finland with her choral 
group June-July, and are busy with 
volunteering and hobbies back home. 
Virginia, as an "old librarian," especial- 
ly enjoys her book discussion group. 
All Wood Thompson writes, "This 
year's highlights were: dancing in my 
third Hula Bowl; continuing my 5 year 
involvement in being the leader of my 
Hawaiian 'plunkers' band (which per- 
forms for 2 nursing homes, a geriatric 
hospital, and an adult day care center): 
a fun trip down to the Galapagos 
Islands and Machu Piccu: and having 
lots of patience going through 1 year 
of our house being remodeled. Since 
Travis recently got elected as Hawaii's 
National Republican Committeeman we 
went to the Republican Convention and 
the Inauguration." Jane Jamison 
Messer writes that she has 8 grand- 
children and manages to see them 
often, even though none live in IN (they 
are in OH. Ml, and CT). She spent a 
week with Karen McKenzie Smith in 
June 2000— they went to the US Open 
and to San Francisco where Karen was 
"quite the hostess — still very funny 
and FUN - Also enjoyed a quick visit 
with Snowdon and her adorable piano- 
playing husband, Jamie — It will be 5 
years since I had my breast cancer and 
I look forward to celebrating that by 
going to the Masters in Augusta". She 
planned to see Sue Pohl Moulton in FL 
while visiting her 93 year old "off the 
charts" mother, Sara Jamison, SBC 
'29, who still drives, plays golf, and is 
very social. Dede Ulf Mayer writes; 
"I've finally returned to Virginia, leaving 
the snowy and cloudy days of Erie, PA 
behind me. I'm living in Charlottesville, 
in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
My sons and their wives are only two 
hours away in northern VA and SBC 
roommate Linda Knickerbocker Ford 
lives nearby. It's a new adventure for 
me, and I'm ready for it." Meriwether 
Hagerty Rumrill says; "My son now 
lives in Aylett, VA with his new 
Hungarian bride and I am so blessed to 
have them there with my mother Plus 
they love this old 18'"c. house which 
we're struggling to preserve. Old hous- 
es are special but I'd rather work in 
gardens which I am so lucky to still be 
doing. My daughter will marry an 
English chap this June. My oldest son 
still in South Dakota with my only two 
beautiful grandchildren and another on 
the way and my 3" son at West Point. I 
still love designing/installing gardens 
and still hate all the paperwork of run- 
ning a business." Patricia Coxe Ware 
writes; "Our oldest son, Marshall Jr., is 
getting married this August. He teaches 
art at St. Christopher's here in 
Richmond and his fiancee, Jill 
Brammer, currently teaches dance at 
George Mason University in Arlington. 

This will round it out for us with all 
three children married. From Mary 
Blair Scott Valentine; 

"My exciting news is that Stukie 
and I will vacation in March on the 
island of Anguilla in the B.W. Indies, 
Beautiful beaches and great restau- 
rants. Also going to the Chelsea Flower 
Show in London in May with the gar- 
den club of Matthews County. 

From Penny Fisher Duncklee; 
"This has been a year of changes— all 
good. Two kids got married and one of 
them will have a baby in February. I will 
get to go be go-fer at the home deliv- 
ery and stay afterwards to wash dishes 
and say, "Good job'. Nice thing about 
that project is that they live in San 
Francisco. I plan to explore that fine 
city and to do some painting. Biggest 
change for me is that I quit doing pot- 
tery after 25 years and sold my kiln 
and potter's wheel, I don't consider 
myself retired, but to have begun a 
new set of careers; watercolor painter 
and first editor for John, who has had 
two new books published this year. 
Graciela of tfie Border is a mass mar- 
ket paperback, and Forced Journey is 
the sequel to his first Young Adult 
book. For this, I painted the cover and 
made several drawings to illustrate it." 
Judy Sorley Chalmers had this inter- 
esting news; "My daughter, Cameron, 
and I have founded a non-profit med- 
ical missionary organization called A 
Better Life, Inc., which will perform 
plastic and hand surgery on children in 
Ecuador, Guatemala, and other Central 
and South American countries. We will 
take groups of approximately twenty 
on each trip, surgeons, nurses, transla- 
tors, etc., and will perform about 100 
cases on each trip, all on birth defects 
such as cleft palate, cleft lip and syn- 
dactyly of the hand. Cameron and I 
have traveled with other organizations 
to Panama and Guayaquil doing the 
same types of surgery, but we finally 
decided to organize our own. We have 
a web site — — and 
details of who is involved in our first 
trip are there. We're quite excited about 
it." Judy's brother, Lewis Sorley's most 
recent book, A Better War tfie 
Unexamined Victories and Final 
Tragedy of America 's last Years in 
Vietnam, which was dedicated to Judy, 
has been nominated for the Pulitzer 
Prize! Judy Welton Sargent's daughter, 
Catherine was to be on The Learning 
Channel in January — she is a resident 
orthopedic surgeon at Tulane, working 
at Charity Hospital, which is the busiest 
ER in the country. She is currently at 
Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in 
Atlanta for six months working with a 
pediatric orthopedic surgeon. From 
Tabb Thornton Farinholt; "We have 
just returned from an after-Christmas 
frigid foray to Vermont with children 
and six grandchildren during which we 
"enjoyed" a major blizzard. Everyone 
skied except the old folks and baby 
Jack (18 months), whom we were 
happy to tend as we stoked the fire! 

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I'm still teaching English at St, 
Catherine's and still finding it a great 
challenge, I'll quit one ot these days, 
but as of now, it's still great to be high- 
ly charged, (Better than skiing.) Betsy 
Smith White says that she is staying 
busy with family (3 married daughters, 
6 grandchildren, and a retired hus- 
band!) and the usual volunteer com- 
mitments. From Betsy Colwill 
Wiegers: "We have bought a winter- 
get-away place in Mexico, It is current- 
ly under remodel' (which means three 
times the estimated cost and four 
times the estimated time). When and if 
It is ever finished, I definitely plan to 
have a Sweet Briar mini-reunion there," 

Irish Chandler Burns sent me a 
beautiful picture of her family. She and 
Fred have 4 grandchildren under the 
age of 4, As for us, we went on a three 
week tour of China last spring. The 
best part was a 9-day cruise up the 
Yangtze River, and seeing the Three 
Gorges Dam under construction. We 
saw all the sights in Bei|ing and 
Shanghai, and also the Terra Cotta 
Warriors in Xian, and the gorgeous 
mountain scenery of Guilm. Our guides 
were very open in discussing all 
aspects of China with us and answer- 
ing our questions. Ward and I are both 
docents at Historic Christ Church and 
getting more and more involved in vol- 
unteer activities here on the wonderful 
Northern Neck of Virginia. Keep the 
news coming — and if you are on e- 
mail please let me or Judy Chalmers 
(Judith. chalmers@worldnet.att, net) 
know your address. 


President: Suzanne Seaman Berry 
Secretary: Elizabeth Hutchins 

Fund Agent: Margaret Wadman 

Cafasso and Julie O'Neal Arnheim 

Hello to '61 — the rejuvenated and 
buoyed who enjoyed a splendid Re- 
union in May, and others who were 
missed, A highlight of Re-Union was 
the presentation of the Outstanding 
Alumna Award, this year to Sara 
Finnegan Lycett, who spoke so well. 
We've reason to be proud at our SBC 
Club meetings, and Sara continues to 
serve, now on the Friends of SB Art 
and also as vice prez of docents, 
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. As we 
and our husbands retire or cut back on 
workloads, we move right into pursuit 
of long-term interests, and welcome 
new ones. "Wonderful to have lots of 
Saturdays!" January, Sen, Alicia 
Laing Salisbury concluded 20 years in 
public office, having spent last summer 
cruising Baltic, attending her final 
Senate Presidents' Forum and serving 
as delegate to Republican Convention, 
She and John now spend more time at 
their Colorado lake home. Also retired 
from 26 years of teaching is Faith 
Bullls, who now visits her 4 children 

and fishes. After careers in public rela- 
tions, language training, fund raising, 
Diane Stevens devotes time to volun- 
teering, principally in education and the 
arts. Traveling last year to France and 
England, she also drove 4,800 miles in 
"memorable" Pacific Northwest. Really 
a volunteer at her Unitarian Church, 
Fran Brackenridge Neumann travels 
as flower show judge for the GCA to 
wonderful places where she meets 
good people. Bee Newman Thayer and 
Brad enjoy flexibility in retirement, trav- 
eling to see family, new Katie, friends 
and SB Board from home in NH, Also 
retired NH are Jack and Laura Conway 
Nason, now that Jack's wound down 
his law practice. Her Mother, Eleanor 
Wright Conway, '32 celebrated her 90'" 
in June, One son's computer consult- 
ant, other teaches yoga, in band. Their 
2"° home on the Chesapeake and 
grandson Henry gladden Louise Cobb 
Bogg, Son Jay, Atlanta, restores a new- 
to-him house Judy Greer Schuiz 
teaches piano, involved with VCCA, 
Steve's retired, so they travel, visit 
family and gdc. Also retired is Linda 
MacArthur Mollis' Bob; their new hill- 
top house CT and NC home see them 
some. With d, Jennifer and Mark, saw 
migrating Serengeti wildebeests, many 
large cats, kept alert by great combina- 
tion of rough and luxe hotels. With s, 
Scott and Amy and gdds to 
Williamsburg. New Claire delights 
Harry and Janle Arensberg Thompson. 
Back in Maine this summer, not biking, 
were the Lynns; Nancy Coppedge's 
recovered from being hit by a car 
there: takes her French lessons, now 4 
gdss Julia Johnson Chapin s doing 
well, 3 yrs. post stem cell transplant 
for breast cancer, sails, 3" gdc. George 
and Susie Prichard Pace now have 4 
Richmond gdss, one d. in OR near Mt, 
Hood Peggy Parr Gallagher, office 
manager, now has 5 gdc. Sheila 
Haskell Smith, who wonders if SBC is 
in their futures, welcomed a 4" gdd. 
Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss' one per- 
son show, "Water-Based" featured oils 
and etchings at the New York City Fire 
Museum, 2000, Wendy Weiler, '71 
attended, Needlepointing author Domi 
Siegler-Lathrop continues working 
with French museums and decorators, 
(see www, visits her 4 
children, 1 gdc. Stateside, Morton and 
Lynn Adams Clark opened "Sloane 
Court West English Antiques". 
Williamsburg, '99, with d, Allison Clark 
Dunn (SBC '85), and Hugh, buying in 
England, They rent their 2-bedroom 
Chelsea flat to the London-bound, 
Mary Hunter Kennedy Daly rents her 
2-bedroom apartment around the cor- 
ner from the Pompidou Museum, 
Paris; info is at, 
Babs Chlldrey Fowler and Cal down- 
sized into a convenient townhouse with 
no yard, and spend summers at Smith 
Mountain Lake house. Daughter 
Quincy's first anniversary is coming 
up; she and Babs continue to enjoy 
their Willow Place Antiques Gallery in 

Richmond, Happily back in Richmond 
with gdc and other family is Mary 
Denny Scott Wray, She's loined a new 
choir, and twice weekly is apprenticed 
to "the best" furniture restorer Again, 
Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris 
graced the Tennessee Williams/New 
Orleans Literary Festival, Betty Meade 
Howard ('60) and John enjoyed it as 
Lou Chapman Hoffman's houseguests 
Julie O'Neil Arnheim reports that her 
young'uns are building careers in the 
arts. Last summer Willia Fales 
Eckerburg and Lennart spent in 
Sweden with 2 gdc and about-to-be- 
married youngest son, fiancee. 
"Wonderful outings and lunches" beck- 
oned from across the bridge now con- 
necting Sweden and Copenhagen. 
Bless her, she volunteered the "view" 
that, with 275 million, we should come 
up with an inspiring candidate for pres- 
ident — and shorter campaigns. Twelve 
children in developing world now 
sponsored by Sue Bell Davies, 
through Plan International. She's visit- 
ed 8 on three continents, speaks for 
the charity Sara Finnegan Lycett 
enjoyed two marvelous train trips, first 
from South Africa to Zimbabwe. 
September she and Ike rode from 
Beijing across China on the China 
Orient Express, then through Central 
Asia and Russia on the Istanbul Orient 
Express. The Buddhist and Islamic art 
and architecture in cities were "breath- 
taking " Bette Hutchins Sharland and 
Jean continue trying develop "SBC '61 
Online" with good judgment, taste. 
Join One spoke for 
many about "increased maintenance", 
someone said "we're lucky to make it 
up the hill to the supermarket," but we 
seem to proceed from strength to 
strength. And, we've a new bride. "My 
husband is first boy who kissed me 
when I was 12 years old," says Faith 
Bullis Mace, wed to Dick in spring 


President: Jocelyn Palmer Connors 
Secretary: Parry Ellice Adam 
Fund Agent: Adele Vogel Harrell 

Patsey Carney Reed is still in 
Nashville, traveling to Seattle and San 
Francisco where her children live. Her 
son is moving to Costa Rica - any SBC 
friends there? Laura Connerat Lawton 
sent a wonderful picture of Son 
Freeman Jelks and Heather's twins with 
beaming grandma, Katharine 
Crommelin Milton keeps busy with her 
classes and research. Four trips to 
Panama in 2000 to work on aspects of 
her howler monkey - parasite project 
and learned some exciting things. She 
occasionally sees classmates in the 
Berkeley area, particularly Juliette 
Anthony, She hopes to return to SBC in 
2001 to give a talk on her research and 
discuss career plans with students, 

Louise Durham Purvis has two 

new grandchildren adding to the fold- 
now 6, They have also enjoyed visits 
from Fontaine Mutter Minor and Phil 
with children and Douglas Dockery 
Thomas and her husband, Louise trav- 
els with John occasionally to the 
European Parliament, 

Jean Gantt Nuzum and Tom had a 
very thrilling 2000, watching their son 
Henry row in the Double Sculls for the 
American Olympic team in Sydney, 
They split their three week trip between 
Sydney and New Zealand, Henry is 
now a Naval Officer (ROTC at Harvard) 
training in Newport, Christine lives in 
Manhattan and is a reporter for Dow 
Jones Interactive, She joined them in 
Sydney, Mig Garrity Sturr had every- 
one home for Christmas, including 4 
grandchildren. She left on Jan, 5 for 
Antigua for R & R, Her business, 
Creative Travel Planners specializes in 
European travel, particularly Ireland, 
UK, and Switzerland, 

She has earned Specialist 
Certification for travel there. Her num- 
ber is 1-866-410-0205 if you need to 
get away, 

Dulcie Meintz Germond wrote to 
inform us of her new address: 3564 
Piedmont Road #404 Atlanta, GA 
30305 Nancy Mudler Keuffel is 
already planning ahead, looking for- 
ward to seeing everyone at our 40th. 
Gary Lamond Courier enjoys her job 
doing 401k meetings for groups of 
employees. They have 2 children and 5 
grandchildren who all live in Austin, 
TX, They connect from Southern 
California via e-mail. Mary Steketee 
MacDonald thoroughly enjoyed walk- 
ing Elderhostel in England last October 
Meanwhile, hiking, biking, traveling, 
skiing replace full-time work except 
during her accountant season of Jan. 
to April. Allison Moore Garrott and 
Tom are still in Memphis and they have 
9 grandchildren. She completed her 
Ph. D. ('91) in clinical psychology, 
entering private practice seeing mainly 
children, adolescents, and women. She 
and Tom travel a lot, keeping up with 
Alice Allen Smyth and Louise Durham 

Puddin Newbury Lansing and 
Warner are enjoying retirement. As for 
their children, Richard is building 
houses in Austin, Anna is working on 
her doctoral thesis, and Edward is in 
OCS. They hope to get out to Oregon 
in August for his graduation and com- 
missioning Anne Parker Schmalz fills 
up retirement from nursing with volun- 
teering in horticulture, education. 
League of Women Voters, and escort- 
ing clients of her local women's clinic. 
Her husband has exchanged his law 
practice for a political career and civic 
activities. Six geographically scattered 
grandchildren require many weekend 
jaunts around the country Pat Perkins 
Wolverton took two trips to France and 
Italy last year She and daughter Julie 
toured London in March, Pat and her 
husband have built a wonderful retire- 
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shops retail business. 

Ann Ritchey Baruch is excited 
about building a fiouse in Spring 
Island, SC, a ten year old community 
with commitment to preserving the 
natural environment. Rosalie Smithy 
Bradham has promised to teach her 
how to catch crabs, shrimp, and fish in 
the "low country." 

IVIary Jane Schroder Oliver 
Hubbard continues to revel in the new 
chapter in her life. She and James 
enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise honey- 
moon after their May '99 wedding. 
Since settling in Rumson, NJ, James 
was called to St. John's Episcopal in 
Roanoke. As an interim Rector, he 
never knows how long or where he will 
be called, but they love being back in 
VA. Son Jasper and Shelley (SBC '98) 
are back in the SB community. She is 
working in Admissions. Mary Jane's 
mom Is at Westminster-Canterbury and 
turned 90 in Feb. 

Julia Shields loves retirement, tak- 
ing a wonderful trip to Japan last 
spring plus various shoti trips in U.S. 
She recently saw IVIary Louise Kelley 
Moore (who was widowed and is now 
Mrs. Thomas Dame). IVIary Brush Bass 
and husband Lucien attend the same 
church in Charlottesville as does Julia. 

Janice Smith Stearns is still run- 
ning an apartment building in Palm 
Beach, FL for 21 years but plans to 
retire in April. Adele Vogel Harrell and 
Parker welcomed 2 new grandchildren: 
Conrad Harrell Mackethan, Logan's 
first, and Eliza Montgomery Helmers, 
Glenn's fourth. In August Adele became 
the first director of the new Justice 
Policy Center at the Urban Institute. 
She had a great reunion with several 
classmates in May. Parker is working 
hard, traveling the world for Korn 
Ferry Mina Walker Wood sent two bits 
of happier news concerning the pass- 
ing of Eve Pringle Boyd (10/99). Eve's 
first grandchild, Evelyn LeConte Pringle 
and Mina's first, Robert S. Wood, Jr. 
were both born in the summer of 2000. 
Then, Eve's youngest son John, as well 
as Mina's middle son Bunny will each 
be married in the summer of 2001. The 
Alumnae Office also sent me a wonder- 
ful article from the Lynchburg paper 
featuring Mma as new president of the 
Garden Club of Virginia. 

Gwen Weiner is still running a 
family business of design work and 
painting in Fort Worth. She lives 
between Lake Tahoe, Tucson and 
Seattle working on mental health 

Macon Winfree Hilton and Bob 
had a wonderful time in Spain and 
Morocco in October. They spent much 
of the summer at their farm in Virginia. 
They enjoyed visits from their daughter 
Betsy and son Rob and their families. 

The Alumnae Office received notifi- 
cation of the passing of Catherine 
Grlnnan Ritter (11/1/99). We extend 
our deep sympathy to her family. It is 
also with deep regret that I report the 

passing of Carol Worboys Johnson on 

Jan. 30, 01. We offer our sincere sym- 
pathy to her family, including Anne 
Worboys Buske (SBC '61). 

Nina Harrison Scribner is very 
busy with her ministry as chaplain at 
the Maine Medical Center by day, and 
by night works with their yellow lab, 
Oak, a release guide dog puppy. She 
raises and trains dogs for Guiding Eyes 
for the Blind. They have four children, 
Anne, Curtis, John, and Liz. Two grand- 
children. Jack (2) and Will (8) offer 
many exciting surprises. 

The new millennium for the Adams 
and the rest of the world began in Fiji. 
In March we celebrated our 35'" in 
Bermuda with 4 generations (3 of 
which are SBCI). Come June we 
chased a marathon in Norway where 
Aubrey '89 ran. In July we toured the 
Baltics. We came home to replace the 
kitchen and add a room to the 
house. ..really dumb (but fun) tor 
empty-nesters. Thank you all so much 
for writing. Remember, it's the class- 
mates who make the column. 


President: Nancy Gillies and Claire 

Hughes Knapp 
Secretary: Virginia deSuys 
Fund Agent: Lee Huston Carroll 

Your Sweet Briar education evi- 
dently did not prepare you for your 40'" 
high school reunion. You feared acne 
attacks and worse, but went anyway 
and had a great time. Otherwise, you 
report genuine happiness and content- 
ment with your lives — but you do not 
rest Lee Huston Carroll moved across 
the country to Pasadena, CA where 
husband John is now the editor of the 
Los Angeles Times. Lee calls it an 
"Adult Experiment in Domestic Living." 
Diane Hatch retired from Mary 
Washington College in June after 30 
years and then went on a three-week 
"unforgettable" trip to Turkey. Tuck 
Mattern Harvey stays extremely 
busy — with work, children and grand- 
children, and summers in the woods of 
Virginia. For Hedi Haug White, 2000 
has meant travel (skiing. Golf School, 
and Budapest, Prague and Vienna). 
She's just loined the Board of the 
Lenox Hill IMeighborhood House, one of 
the oldest social services agencies in 
NY City. We hear from Jackie 
Nicholson Wysong that she sold her 
house to David Grohl, former drummer 
with Nirvana and now the lead singer 
of the Foo Fighters. "It's just too weird 
(pictures of my house are on his CD)!" 
Jackie is with DB Alex. Brown LLC, in 
Washington, DC and working on a 
Series 7 license. The 2000 wedding 
report comes from Nancy Hall Green. 
Hollywood couldn't top this. "Our son 
Frank married Bevin Bravacos at Mas 
des Pilons in Provence. About 300 
guests from the states and about 75 
Europeans gathered for 5 days of fes- 

tivities and the wedding which took 
place in our 'barn' transformed into a 
chapel, with seated dinner and dancing 
to Peter Duchin, a friend. Susan 
Dwelle Baxter helped with travel 
arrangements and husband Bill married 
the couple. Frances Hanahan, 
Caroline Tate, Susan Croft, Harriet 
Shaffer, and Jane Bradley Wheeler 
were there too!" "The group" convened 
again to celebrate the marriage of Jane 
Bradley Wheeler's daughter Molly. 
Tina Patterson Murray is teaching full 
time and beginning to write her disser- 
tation for a Ph.D. She sees Donna Jo 
Pearson Josey in Texas at meetings of 
the Board of the Lady Bird Johnson 
National Wildlife Center (Donna put 
Tina on the Board). She enjoyed Carrie 
Peyton and Rick in NY but "it was not 
long enough!" Carrie enjoyed a visit 
from her roommate Wendy Wilkins 
and continues teaching at the 
University of California, specializing in 
writing and accent reduction for Silicon 
Valley computer scientists and engi- 
neers from foreign countries. Vera 
LeCraw Carvaillo picked up where she 
left off with three classmates this year. 
She saw roommate Susie Glasgow 
Brown and husband Allen and 
Rosamond Sample in Paris and then 
Ginny Hamilton Ammons and family 
came to Vera's for dinner and a visit to 
nearby Chartres Cathedral. Ginny and 
husband Davis live on a farm near 
Denver. After going East for high 
school, the children have come back 
West for college and to live. Linda 
Levengood traveled to Salamanca, 
Spain to visit her daughter Lara and 
celebrate the discovery of America. 
Gail Anderson Ramey loves Pinehurst. 
is happy to have her son at Columbia 
Business School, and enjoys living 
near Sue Deasy Maguire ( "a wonderful 
friend to all"). Molly Johnson Nelson 
has been busy traveling and having fun 
as the chair of the committee that 
selects art for her local museum's 
annual auction. Penny Writer reports 
that granddaughter Delaney (my son 
Dan's family) just turned one on June 
11, son Tim, the pilot, is in Chicago, 
and daughter Ginger, is in DC. working 
for the Jones Day law firm. Mary 
Fitzhugh Miller is the General Auditor 
of American Express. Sam and Mary 
had a great cruise to the Morth Pole 
and Franz Josef in August on Yarnal, 
the world's most powerful ice breaker. 
Nancy Lynah Hood enjoyed seeing 
Kitty Griffith, Kathleen Stevenson. 
Margaret Street, and Angle Whaley at 
their Ashley Hall reunion. She contin- 
ues to work on cultural projects in 
Oxford and to think about the "R" 
word Libby Kopper Schollaert contin- 
ues teaching French and will have two 
grandchildren for Christmas this year 
(one born in June and one in July). 
Ginny deBuys enjoyed a visit from 
Libby between births. "I've become an 
employee and commute to NYC daily." 
V.M. Del Greco Galgano consults with 
school systems to help them pass their 

state math tests and now teaches only 
4 classes at James Madison 
University! Wedding bells ring for 
Laura (third wedding in 2.5 years). 
(Hey, Ann Day — I don't wear beige for 
this wedding...) Nancy Gillies is 
involved in social service projects, 
nursing, and pretending to lose weight. 
HA! "Thanks to all who were support- 
ive this past summer." Kitty Griffith. 
librarian and PR. professional at the 
Ferguson Library, is now becoming a 
wet) writer Lynne Smith Crowe is on 
the Board of Trustees for the Cora 
Hartshorn Arboretum and went to the 
Sea of Cortez and Copper Canyon with 
them. She volunteers in professional 
organizations in the financial industry 
and has children in Boston, Chicago 
and New Jersey. Alice Fales Stewart 
continues her work as a walking tour 
guide in Washington, DC, plays the 
violin and runs (really runs) the 
marathon Susan Jahn Mancini is 
teaching Italian at Ohio Wesleyan 
University, enjoying the private univer- 
sity atmosphere after six years at Ohio 
State Angle Whaley LeClercq and 
husband Fred have moved from The 
Citadel campus where she is Director 
of Libraries, to downtown Charleston. 
Husband Fred has opened Alkyon Arts, 
an art gallery in Charleston. Nina 
Sledge Burke completed a three-year 
term as President of Stratford Hall 
Plantation, Home of the Lees in 
Westmoreland County, saw her daugh- 
ter married and enjoys having her son 
(and lots of SBC alums) nearby in 
Charleston Grace Mary Garry Dates 
and Wally had a wonderful trip to 
Switzerland, and "I had a splendid 
reunion in Sussex with my two dearest 
friends from St. Andrews." They miss 
Claire Hughes Knapp's visits since her 
move to Tucson. Claire is happy in 
Tucson and has a new career as an 
interior designer. Catch the latest news 
and read the unedited notes on Keep 
in touch! 


President: Whitney Jester Ranstrom 
Secretary: Beverley Sharp Amberg 
Fund Agents: Jean M. Mcintosh, 
Milbrey Sebring Raney, Dana 
Reinschmidt Tompkins, & Alice 
Perry Park 

Greetings, Classmates! I have 
never had a knack for brevity, (which 
will soon become all too obvious), so it 
was indeed a relief when Sweet Briar 
recently rescinded its oft-reviled word 
limit on class notes. My long-suffering 
predecessor, Harriet Wall Martin, 
(saint that she is!), was forced to count 
and weigh her every word, and she 
somehow managed to maintain both 
her sanity and her matchless sense of 
humor, I, on the other hand, can blab 
on ad infinitum. So here I go! 

Judy Howe Behn writes from 

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Watertown, MA, that stie tias moved 
back to the Northeast after 27 years In 
North Carolina, (Her new address is: 
147 Church St., Watertown. MA 
02472.) Husband Bob left Duke to 
teach at Harvard's Kennedy School of 
Government, and son Mark is working 
on his Ph.D in geophysics at MIT. Judy 
loves being near her parents again, and 
in August she got a Sheltie puppy, "|ust 
to add to the confusion." says Judy, 

Holly Zwelgler Schroeter sends 
word from Jersey City, NJ. that she 
eagerly awaits the arrival of her first 
grandchild, due on Valentine's Day, 
2001. Her son and his wife live in San 
Leandro. CA. and Holly's Slovakian 
daughter-in-law speaks five languages! 
Holly's daughter, who is living in 
Prague, Czech Republic, is finishing a 
master's degree in film at King Charles 
University, and Holly will spend three 
weeks with her in May, Holly has a new 
job as counter manager for Christian 
Dior at Macy's in Short Hills, MJ, and 
she also teaches English privately and 
has her own business selling Mary Kay 

From Bethesda, MD, Lynn Morgan 
Reynolds reports that she is no longer 
working but is enjoying being a granny 
to son Brad's two children. Canyon, 
age 2, and Alia, age 1, and to daughter 
Kristina's son Thomas Finnegan 
Muldoon, born in August, 2000. Lynn 
stays busy with a variety of activities at 
St. Francis Episcopal Church. 

Dabney Williams McCoy sent a 
newsy e-mail from Richmond, VA, The 
McCoys ushered in the millennium 
with a dinner dance and fireworks at 
their summer home in Maine, and the 
celebrating continued throughout 2000 
with an engagement, a wedding, a 
debut, and a birth! Son Chris and his 
wife Mary Richard presented the 
McCoys with their first grandchild in 
March. Dabney writes: "Richard 
Shapard McCoy is the joy of our lives, 
and being a grandmother is even better 
than I had thought it would be!" Chris 
will graduate from law school in May 
and will join a firm in Charlotte, NC. 
Son Tim, a mid-Atlantic marketing 
manager for a Richmond investment 
firm, married Christina in June, 2000, 
and to Dabney 's delight, they are 
expecting their first child in May. 
Dabney's daughter Catherine, who 
made her debut in June, is a senior at 
UNC. Husband Tim continues to work 
hard at his construction sales job. but 
Dabney closed her business two years 
ago to enjoy more time with family and 

I had some nice notes from North 
Carolina Kathleen Watson Taylor 
writes from Washington that the Taylor 
family has been blessed with loving 
relationships and good health. Son 
Carney, 30, will complete his nephrolo- 
gy fellowship at Vanderbilt in June, 
2001, and will join a practice in 
Greenville, NC, "only thirty minutes 
from home!" Daughter Anne, 26, was 
married in Oct., 1999, and lives in 

Raleigh, NC, where she is pursuing a 
master's in special education at NC 
State, Son Selden, 23, graduated from 
VMI in May, 2000, and is also in 
Raleigh, working on his master's in 
civil engineering. Husband Marshall 
will begin working half time in July, 
2001, and Kathleen stays busy with 
family, friends, gardening, piano, exer- 
cise, and church activities. 

From Wilson, NC, Blair Both writes 
that she is enjoying being interim rec- 
tor at St, Timothy's, where one day 
Gretchen Bullard Barber (SBC '67) 
showed up at her office door to wel- 
come her to Wilson, Gretchen's home- 
town. Blair says the best part of all is 
seeing more of Linda Schwaab 
Hodges, who babysits Blair's golden 
retriever, Sallie. 

Harriet Wall Martin's message, 
from Chapel Hill, simply cannot be par- 
aphrased, and I must quote it in its 
entirety. Harriet says: "I have no news. 
Perhaps I am on the verge of a pro- 
found book about aging, but the only 
awareness I have thus far is that I am 
getting surly. I am also getting fat 
because I quit smoking (after 35 years 
of it). Surly Is okay; fat is okay. Fat and 
surly is probably not legal." 

Our Georgia classmates also came 
through with news. From Augusta. 
Laura Haskell Phlnlzy writes that she 
and husband Stewart had fun on the 
SBC trip to Tuscany last fall, during the 
elections. Laura says, "It was very 
interesting to get the Italian comments 
on our election process. They loved 
our being in disarray." 

Aline Rex McEvoy and husband 
Peter also had a wonderful trip: ten 
days in London with Margaret Feild 
Kresge and Ted. Aline writes from 
Atlanta that in 2000 the McEvoys hap- 
pily welcomed the arrival of their first 
grandchild, Lily Calhoun, daughter of 
son Clay and his wife, the former 
Kimberly Olmstead (SBC 92) Clay is 
in sports marketing in Atlanta, and 
Aline's daughter Emory Calhoun, does 
corporate personnel placement in 
Nashville. Aline and Peter have many 
visitors, and recent ones included her 
cousin Emory Furniss Maxwell (SBC 
'74) and son and daughter Christy 
(SBC 03), whom the college has rec- 
ognized as having more family alum- 
nae than anyone yet! 

A brief but enthusiastic note arrived 
from Atlanta, as Elwira McMillan Tate 
announced the birth of grandson 
Martin Tate Dubilier born in Nov 1999. 
In May 2000, she welcomed a second 
son-in-law into the family, and her 
lovely Christmas photo of the Tate- 
Hoskins wedding attests to the beauty 
and joy of the occasion. 

Texas is never a state to be out- 
done, and I had three responses from 
Houston. Sallie Mullins Thompson 
writes that her business management 
consulting and services practice con- 
tinues to go well. She will receive an 
MBA in accounting in May 2001, and 
will take the CPA exam in Nov. 

Divorced since 1998, Sallie is enpying 
the social and cultural life of Houston, 
Daughter Kathryn is in her second year 
in the Legislative Review Division of 
the President's Office of Management 
and Budget. She is happily settled in 
her new Washington home and enjoyed 
attending many of the inaugural events, 
Sallie travels east every couple of 
months to take weekend trips with her 
daughter and she keeps up with 
Dabney Williams McCoy via e-mail, "a 
wonderful invention, in my opinion," 
says Sallie. 

Be on the lookout for a new novel, 
Gabriel's Eye. by C.W. Smith. Babette 
Eraser Hale writes that it is the big title 
for spring. 2001, from her publishing 
company, (whose website is winedale- Babette describes it as a 
riveting story of a teacher who allows 
herself to become emotionally involved 
with a young male student, and she 
calls it "a gorgeous piece of literary fic- 
tion with commercial possibilities." 
Also in spring, 2001, Babette's hus- 
band Leon Hale will receive the lifetime 
achievement award from the Texas 
Institute of Letters, the state's most 
prestigious literary award. Son, Will is 
working in Manhattan and contemplat- 
ing business school. The Hales will 
spend summer 2001, in Santa Fe, NM. 

We had a wonderful visit with Mibs 
Sebring Raney and husband Bev. a 
pediatric oncologist, when they came 
to Washington, DC, last Nov for meet- 
ings at the National Cancer Institute. 
Mibs writes from Houston, "We had a 
very enjoyable time with you all, ate 
fabulously and managed to not talk 
politics and remain friends!" 

Houston is also the home of 
Duncan Hayne Shumate, "splendid first 
grandchild" of Charles and Sally 
McCrady Hubbard, who live in Cortez, 
CO ("too far away," says Sally). 
"Retired" husband Charles is doing 
many small architecture jobs, and Sally 
is office manager of an addiction's 
treatment agency. Daughter Anna has 
retired from her AIDS-benefit bike rides 
(after nine rides totaling about 4,500 
miles!). She is now a full-time student 
of biotechnology in San Francisco. The 
Hubbards are looking forward to a trip 
to the ruins at Macchu Picchu, Peru, a 
long-held dream. Sally sends fond 
regards to her classmates. 

From California there were two 
responses. Sally Rasco Thomas con- 
fessed that she missed our delightful 
35" SBC reunion because she and 
Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt went on a 
wonderful cruise to Alaska. Sally, who 
is divorced, works as the development 
director for the San Diego Public 
Library system. She has two grown 
sons and two granddaughters, ages 5 
and 1. 

Eugenia Dickey Caldwell sends 
word from San Francisco that in May 
2000, she switched to a new group at 
IBM, that helps software developers 
performance test their applications for 
Internet access, "Judging by the hor- 

rendous dally traffic." says Genie, "the 
high tech boom is still booming!" 
Genie and Peter enjoyed a visit from 
Brenda Muhlinghaus Barger's charm- 
ing daughter Kate, a vet, who was 
doing a stint in the Central Valley. 
Genie has had a busy year of travel: to 
Arizona for birding, to New Orleans for 
the Jazz Fest, to NYC for a class and 
theater and ballet, and to SBC for our 
fun 35'" reunion. 

The news that traveled the farthest 
arrived from Mexico City, where Mary 
Ellen Freese Cota has been living for 
the past 35 years. Mel told the roman- 
tic story of how she met her future 
husband while crossing the ocean on 
the Queen Mary, en route to Sweet 
Briar's Junior Year in France. The Cotas 
have three grown children: Alberto, 
who lives and works in Stamford, CT: 
Guillermo, who lives and works in Sao 
Paolo, Brazil: and married daughter 
Victoria who "fortunately for us," says 
Mel, "lives in Mexico City and is 
expecting our first grandchild in July." 
Over the years Mel has had jobs teach- 
ing English, translating for an engineer- 
ing firm, and helping her husband in 
his dental practice. Her mother, who is 
now 92, moved to Mexico to live with 
the Cotas ten years ago, after the death 
of Mel's father Mel has recently taken 
up yoga, which she feels has enriched 
her life. Mel reminisces about her years 
at SBC. which she says "seem to 
belong to a completely different life," 
She remembers much studying, much 
French (on the French corridor), and 
much dance. In May 1999, Mel was 
delighted when her three roommates 
Beth Hunt Alcott, Mimi Vogt Macht. 
and Eileen Stroud Clark attended her 
daughter's wedding. The four later had 
a mini-reunion in Cancun. Mel also 
keeps in touch with dear friend Sally 
McCrady Hubbard Mel mentions that 
mail is still not dependable in Mexico, 
but her e-mail address is: 103703. 

On a very sad note, word has 
reached me of the sudden passing in 
Nov, 2000. of William Ponzer husband 
of Neill Myers Ponzer. The Ponzers 
had just moved to Bowling Green, KY, 
to be near Neill's mother and sister but 
both her mother and sister also died 
shortly after her arrival, I know I speak 
for all of us when I extend to Neill our 
heartfelt sympathy on these painful 
losses. Her new address is: 1603 
Scottsville Rd., Bowling Green, KY, 

And all who read this will be greatly 
distressed to learn of the tragic loss to 
Saralyn McAfee Smith and her hus- 
band Hamp of their 16-year-old son 
Robbie. Robbie was a high school 
sophomore, and Saralyn writes that he 
died unexpectedly, following a brain 
seizure, on March 15, 2000, I know our 
entire class shares their grief, and the 
Smith family will remain in our hearts 
and prayers. Their address is: 1104 
ShiraSt., Dodge City, KS, 67801. 
Saralyn also writes that in spring, 

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2001, Hamp will be retiring from his 
position as director of the Special 
Education Program. Daughter Laura is 
now working as a teacher's aide at the 
Sixth Grade Center in Dodge City, while 
Saraiyn delights in taking care of 
Laura's 16-month-old daughter Sierra. 
In Aug., 2000, Saraiyn and baby Sierra 
drove alone across the country, visiting 
friends and family, and Saraiyn had the 
joy of introducing Sierra to the North 
Carolina beach (which the baby loved!) 
at an annual family reunion. 

The SBC Alumnae Office sent a 
clipping from the Greenwich (CT) Time, 
dated Jan. 17, 1999, announcing the 
marriage of Mai Leslie Welch to 
William Francis Costa. The article 
informs us that Mai is a sales develop- 
ment director in NYC and former asso- 
ciate publisher of D/scover magazine. 
Her husband is chief pilot for Texaco 
Aviation in White Plains, NY, and the 
Costas live in Riverside, CT 

Another clipping, from The Augusta 
(GA) Chronicle, dated June 29, 1998, 
tells of the best-selling book entitled 
Over Here, by Raymond Seitz, former 
American ambassador to the Court of 
St. James and husband of Caroline 
Rictiardson Seitz. The book, which 
gives the author's insights on Great 
Britain and its relationship with the 
United States, was number two on the 
nonfiction bestseller list in Great 

As for me, I moved to Washington, 
DC, in 1999, when my husband Dick 
became the vice president and general 
manager of The Washington Times. 
(the smaller, conservative DC daily). 
Challenges included moving two enor- 
mous Great Danes all the way from 
Montgomery, AL, and learning to sur- 
vive in outrageous traffic. But the hap- 
piest part of the move was finding a 
house just minutes away from room- 
mate Janet West Garrett and her won- 
derful husband Darryl. Janet's extraor- 
dinary artistic gift has only increased 
over the years, and her decorating 
skills have transformed my house into 
a home. We get together often, and her 
quick wit and cherished camaraderie 
are a constant source of delight. In 
May 2000, Janet and I had the joy of 
welcoming to Washington our two New 
Orleans roommates, Dana 
Reinschmidt Tomplcins and Jeannie 
Mcintosh. It was our first four-room- 
mate reunion since Graduation Day! 
Festivities included much hilarity, food, 
and even a slumber party! The follow- 
ing Sept., Janet and I invaded New 
Orleans and spent an inordinate 
amount of time shamelessly sampling 
the goods in the Tompkins family's 
irresistible French Quarter store. 
Southern Candymakers . (Call 1-800- 
344-9773 for a catalog of their prize- 
winning pralines and exquisite choco- 
lates, made fresh daily!) Then Jeannie 
treated us to a marvelous tour of plan- 
tation houses along the River Road, 
including an overnight stay at elegant 
Madewood Plantation. 

All right, that's it. (Are you still 
there?) I'm out of news, words, and 
time. Many thanks to all those who 
sent me news, and I'll hope to hear 
from the rest of you the next time. You 
may send me your news at any time, 
and I shall save it for our next issue. 
My mailing address is: 5012 Tilden St., 
NW, Washington, DC, 20016, and my 
e-mail address is: 

BeverAmb@AOL,com. Best wishes to 


President: Juditli Benson Stigle 

Secretary: Diane Dalton 

Fund Agent: Sally Twedell Bagley 

Vicky Bal<er was on a Fulbright 
Grant in S Africa: lectured at U of S 
Bohemia; visited Namibia, Madagascar 
and U.A.E.: taught at U of Colombo, Sri 
Lanka, and promoted to full professor 
at Eckerd College. Ginny Stanley 
Douglas and Bill visited Babette Eraser 
Hale '65 and husband in Santa Fe, and 
enjoyed Bill's Air Force Academy 35'" 
reunion. Ginny worked on Bush's cam- 
paign, Sacramento's Samaritan 
Counseling Center and her house. 
Peggy Minis Trethewey's been travel- 
ing, volunteering, and dividing time 
between Sausalito and Lake Tahoe 
homes Gene King Leyden opened a 
dance studio/performance space in 
Ashland, OR and attended a dance con- 
ference in Canada with the Magruders 
who teach at SBC. Leilani Green 
Gordon and Ron celebrated their 28" 
anniversary. Their son was married in 
VT. Tarl and his wife work for IBM in 
Burlington. Amy is 13. Susan Soriero 
Galbreath is in San Antonio and enjoys 
their house on LBJ Lake. They have a 
grandson (2), 2 more due in spring, 
and a son at Texas A&M. Stephanie 
Lucas Harrison practices law, primarily 
commercial real estate, and attends 
ballet classes for fun. David married 
his college sweetheart after they gradu- 
ated from RISD. He's creative director 
of a local ad agency. Charlie is a fresh- 
man at U of TX. Best wishes to Gail 
Robins O'Quin who married Bill 
O'Quin, her high school love. Bill has 
an inspirational/educational email busi- 
ness, http:/A'our . Gail 
is the DailylnBox Lady. Barb Tillman 
Kelley and Carlton are empty nesters. 
Darcy is getting her masters in animal 
reproductive physiology. Dave is in the 
restaurant business. Trey is at 
Birmingham Southern. Julie Bodin 
Converse helped son, Chris, get settled 
in his new Dallas apartment during the 
summer heat wave. Emily Chenoweth 
Steedman and Billy love their 1920 
"fish camp" near Amelia Island, FL. 
Eleanor Crossley and Jim enjoy tennis 
and sailing in FL. While she was visit- 
ing her daughter in TX, her sons gave 
her a red convertible for her 65'" birth- 
day. After 33 years, Dixie Anne 
Thompson Hanes retired from Bank of 

America and is working with a venture 
capital finance Internet start up. David 
retired from the Emory Medical School 
faculty. Their oldest daughter is teach- 
ing at Mt. Kenya Academy in Nyeri, 
Kenya. Katharine is at UGA. Lynn Lyie's 
an elementary school counselor work- 
ing with play therapy techniques. She 
visits Jacksonville to keep up with fam- 
ily and friends and her goddaughter at 
Duke Page Munroe Renger is at the 
Charlotte Jr League office learning new 
computer skills. In Hawaii, Page and 
her sister went parasailing, snorkeling 
and cycling down a volcano. Janie 
Willingham McNabb had 2 weddings 
last year and 2 more grandchildren this 
year She juggles several jobs, her 
church's mothers group and gardening. 
Beth Glaser Morchower's son, Todd, 
was married June 10'" in 
Fredericksburg Lisa Braden Moody, 
her son Brugh, and husband, Jim, vis- 
ited. Beth has a new job as Sr 
Financial Analyst with GE Financial 
Assurance, and went with SBC to 
Tuscany. Susan Jester Jenltins is in 
Richmond. One son is a junior at U of 
TN in Knoxville and the oldest is 
returning to computer technical school. 
Susan has a 3-year old specialty adver- 
tising business. In memory of her 
mother, Carroll Randolph Barr and 
Mike raised $35,000 to redo the tennis 
court at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot 
where she teaches. Carroll went to Pine 
Needles for Peggy Kirk Bell's golf 
school. Michael is in NYC and Angus is 
back at home working and playing 
music. Empty nesters, Hallie Darby 
Smith and Al look forward to traveling. 
Fred graduated from Hampden-Sydney 
and is working in Alexandria. Allison 
married a law school classmate and 
moved to Chicago. Baird Shinberger 
Bell and Bill celebrated their 30'" wed- 
ding anniversary with a trip to Nova 
Scotia and PEL David is a resident at 
Walter Reed and Steve is following his 
true calling in the arts. Lynn Gullett 
Strazzini reports little change with the 
FAA. Personally, it's been a year of 
change and new social horizons. Mary 
Sabra Gillespie Monroe traveled to 
Venice, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague 
with Richard Bland College, to 
Bermuda with neighbors and to 
Olympic National Park with biology 
students. Karen Schwabenton Shipper 
and John continue reclaiming their 
Warrenton, VAfarm, raising teenage 
boys and adjusting to southeastern life 
after 24 years in CO. Good news from 
Stephanie Ewalt Coleman whose back 
Is much improved. Les and Holly 
moved to their first house. Brandon is 
a freshman music major at VA 
Commonwealth U and in class with 
Sally Twedell Bagley's daughter, A. T 
Kat Barnhardt Chase and Bob wel- 
comed grandson, Holden this year Kat 
and her younger daughter traveled to 
France. As a parish nurse, Kat's work- 
ing on a program to help Amherst Co. 
residents connect with area resources. 
Norvell Jones has been with the 

National Archives since 1984. As chief 
of the archives' document conservation 
laboratory, she is restoring the 
Declaration of Independence. Lynn 
Frazier Gas reports that her closet 
looks better since she started repre- 
senting 2 clothing lines. Arielle, 13, is 
looking at day and boarding schools. 
With both kids on the east coast, Toni 
Naren Gates and Bud spent more time 
at their Adirondacks summerhouse. In 
Wichita, Toni is busy with the Art 
Museum and Stage One. Tennis, book 
clubs and bridge fill in the gaps when 
not traveling. Betsy Kurtz Argo and Jim 
are planning retirement in northern 
Michigan to enjoy snow and a big fire- 
place Anderson Corl Beard has been 
teaching for 30 years and Charlie's 
taught singing for 33 years. They cele- 
brated 33 years together She visited 
her younger son, a teacher in the 
Cayman Islands. Her older son has 
taught engineering since receiving his 
Ph.D. Glory McRea Bowen s daughter, 
Glo, is directing and stage managing. 
T J., a 10'" grader, loves computers and 
drums. Glory sings with 2 groups and 
performs in small concerts. Adele 
Laslie Kellman's son, Simon, graduat- 
ed from Kenyon College and lives in 
Columbus, OH. Allison is majoring in 
Radio, TV and Film at Northwestern. 
Paul and Adele are contemplating retir- 
ing from their current careers to some- 
thing different. Anne Carr Bingham is 
in her 2"" year in the Wesleyan gradu- 
ate program and continuing the study 
of early English history. Kim is chair- 
man of the Salem Recreation 
Commission, and Ann is a Salem jus- 
tice of the peace. They celebrated their 
35'" wedding anniversary. Jill Berguido 
Gill loves her tutoring business, gar- 
dening, caring for her various animals 
and serving on the Agnes Irwin 
Alumnae Board. Jill's mom, SBC '28, 
celebrated her 94'" birthday. Bruce, 
Curator of Harriton House, keeps a 
horse and 2 sheep on the 20-acre 
property. Judy Hay Speary reports her 
kids are all doing well. Bill and Judy 
continue sailing and head south to FL 
and the Bahamas via the ICW. Pam 
Sullivan Livingston and Curt moved 
from Pasadena to Nantucket Island and 
are enjoying the change of pace, gar- 
dening and new friends. Son, Will, lives 
in NYC and daughter Molly, lives in LA. 
Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings' 
daughter Emery, graduated from St. 
Lawrence U. She did a NOLS semester 
and loves the out of doors. Anne, a 
sophomore at Hamilton, loves the 
snow. After leaving NASDAQ for the 
American Institute for Foreign Study, 
Maria now works for a dot com as a 
Product Manager. Jeff and Maria went 
to Italy to celebrate their 25'" anniver- 
sary a year late. Gracey Stoddard is 
Executive Director, and only full-time 
employee, of Church Club of NY Her 
new endeavor is golf. Last winter she 
skied in Zermatt. She's studying Italian 
again, trying to pick up where 
Professor di Firenze left off. She saw 

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Bonnie Blew Pierie and Tim before 
they head to Florida for the winter. 
Linda File's having a great time with 
her cushy, low-paying, part-time job 
and interviewed Sandra Bernhard, who 
was amazingly decent and straightfor- 
ward. Linda saw a bald eagle at a hawk 
watch and went to India with her sister. 
Pam Ford Kelley sold her business to 
Lillian Vernon. She signed a manage- 
ment contract to continue with Rue de 
France and says the changes have 
been interesting. Rue will continue sell- 
ing French home furnishings with mar- 
keting and manufacturing in Newport, 
and l^am will continue traveling to 
Paris. Mary Gary Ambler's son, John, 
graduated from UVA and is an assis- 
tant producer at Fox News in 
Manhattan. Jaqueline is at Boston U. 
Mary Gary traveled to Australia and 
China in the last year Judi Bensen 
Stigle is chairman of the Board of VNA 
Services in New Haven County and on 
the Board for Madison Country Club. 
She had a mini-reunion with Bonnie 
Blew Pierie and Ginny Young Phillips, 
and a great trip to Ireland. Judi is 
doing a wonderful job as Alumnae 
Association VP for Reunions and will 
be in charge of our 35'" reunion in '02. 
The Alumnae Association has asked 
me to be the next Board President. It's 
an honor and thrill to work with the 
SBC community. My term begins July 
'01, so I'm counting on everyone's 
support at our 35'" reunion. Please be 
there. For unabridged class notes and 
any news, email me at 


President: Martha Bennett Pritchett 
Secretary: Lynne Gardner Detmer 
Fund Agents: Barbara Johnson 
Prickett & Ann Peterson Griffin 

Contact: Lynne Gardner Detmer, 
148 Jefferson's Hundred, 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 
Telephone: 757 259-0001: 757 259- 
1111: e-mail LGDETMER@aoLcom 

Barbara Baur Dunlap: Probably the 
most amazing discovery of 2000 for 
me was that Jeanne Preston's hus- 
band, Stephen Jacobs (about whom 
she has been telling our class) is the 
#1 laparoscopic kidney transplant doc- 
tor in the world. Jeanne talks about 
him lecturing worldwide. Well, he was 
my kidney donation doctor and I didn't 
realize it till I read about him in the 
SBC News!! I'm recovering nicely from 
his surgery. [Barbara donated her kid- 
ney to her brother] Charlie and I are 
looking forward to becoming grandpar- 
ents in February 2001. We are finally 
empty-nested after 31 years of kids at 
home and find it very agreeable. Chas 
and I are doing a lot of lecturing on 
strengthening marriages and other top- 
ics on the family. All fine out here after 
a harrowing 2000. 

Ann Biggs Jackson: We're still rais- 

ing horses, hoping for our Secretariat! 
A quiet year... spent 2 weeks in 
Saratoga Springs last summer. Off to 
St. Kitt's in February to get a taste of 
warm weather. Daughter Cary in 
Boulder, CO - editorial assistant at 
Geological Society of America. 
Daughter Win is in Boston working tor 
a Swedish firm that places foreign stu- 
dents in American colleges and univer- 
sities. I continue to be busy as 
Secretary of the Board of Trustees at 
Ladew Topiary Gardens. And of course 
trying to get my own gardens organ- 
ized!. I see Anne KInsey DInan in New 
York occasionally. 

Lesley BIssell Hoopes: I continue 
to be busy at The Metropolitan 
Museum doing four tours and in my 
last year as Tour Chairman - hurray! 
The intrepid sailor, Toby, had quite an 
adventure in November when sailing 
from Ireland to the States - losing his 
mast and all rigging 2 days from 
Bermuda. Luckily, no one was hurt. We 
had a calmer sail with friends in July, 
spending 2 weeks along the west coast 
of Scotland. Son Bud, age 29, contin- 
ues to love southern California and has 
moved from being concierge to the 
front desk at the Hotel La Jolla. 
Daughter Elliott, age 22, graduates 
from Denison U. in May. Interested in 
art history, she worked at Christie's in 
M.Y. over the summer, and may be 
headed for Chicago after graduation. 

Susan Bokan: Let's see. Living in 
wonderful historic. Victorian Saratoga 
Springs, NY. I continue to rehabilitate 
and manage a number of Victorian 
apartments. Just returned from an 
excellent Nile River trip and Sinai 
Desert visit. Just taken up tennis and 
sailboat racing. Why did I wait so 
long? Visted with Bunny Church, and 
Christina Bacchlani Schleffelin and 
Linda FIte 

Stephanie Bredin Speakman: 
Enjoying having a grandson, Booker, 
who turned one in November His 
mother, my daughter, Tavi Hyland 
Jones, class of '96, lives with her hus- 
band Corky in New Orleans - always a 
fun place to visit! Still making a couple 
of trips a year to Australia, where the 
restaurant is going strong. Went over 
with husband Bill to watch our nephew 
compete in 3 Day Eventing. He won a 
gold... for Australia. 

Katey Buster: The most exciting 
thing I've done in the past two years 
was an attempt to summit Mt. Rainier, 
WA. in August '99. I trained a lot for it 
the previous summer, since it is known 
as "the hardest endurance climb in the 
lower 48" (Denali, or Mt. McKinley, of 
course, is the exception). Climbing to 
base camp (4000' from the foot) was 
easy and the weather was beautiful. 
However, a storm with 60 mph winds 
came up as we started our ascent in 
total darkness at 2 p.m. We were hav- 
ing a true mountaineering experience, 
all roped together with our ice axes, 
small rocks hurtling through the air, 
and jumping over crevasses. Every one 

of the approximately 50 people on the 
mountain turned back at about 1 1 ,500'. 
I may go back again in the near future 
to try this mountain which keeps 50% 
from summiting by reason of bad 
weather! I also plan to climb the Grand 
Teton, WY this summer which is a 
technical rock climb. Hope all is well. 

Helen Butler Cato: This is the start, 
I hope, of some reconnections with the 
Class of '68. From 1969-1994, I lived 
in England. I worked in publishing, in 
radio journalism and, once I had chil- 
dren, in my own catering business, 
pre-school dance class and other 
enterprises fitting my family's needs. In 
1994 my husband, Michael, and I and 
my youngest daughter came to live in 
MA. Between us, Michael and I have 
seven children. He now has 5 grand- 
children. Emily is still the only one liv- 
ing in the U.S. I work with children 
with Autism Spectrum Disorder within 
the public school system. I love it and 
feel fortunate. I would thoroughly en|oy 
hearing from anyone and do hope to 
make contact with individuals soon. 
Best wishes! 

Laura Campbell Walker: Life is 
busy but good - still "headmastering" 
- I moved up to an Episcopal high 
school here in Miami- 600 students 
keep me on my toes! Also serve on the 
National Board for Episcopal Schools. 
Our 3 children all graduated from col- 
lege (Hallelujah!) and working - in 
Atlanta, DC, and Maine. My husband. 
Bill, still "lawyering". Life is full, and 
we are blessed with wonderful family 
and friends. 

Mary Cantey Dunn: [information 
derived from article "A Dunn Deal" in 
EW: Mary joined Entertainment Weekly 
in 1990 as picture editor.] "EW is thriv- 
ing, in no small part due to the award- 
winning photographic style that Dunn - 
with her brisk, can-do attitude - 
brought to its pages. She's been so 
central to our success, we're still a bit 
shocked to realize that Mary is hanging 
up her photo loupe and retiring. I hit 
30 years', she says of her tenure at 
Time Inc., 'and that was plenty.'" Mary 
began her career at Time in 1969 as 
photo researcher. Five years later she 
joined People, soon becoming its pic- 
ture editor. Mary lives in Manhattan 
with her husband, Toby, an ad execu- 
tive. Daughter Muffie is in TV produc- 

Marguerita Chandler RIggall: I 
was so distressed to hear of Coo 
Prettyman's death. Do you know what 
happened? [answer: no, but maybe 
one of our classmates does?] I am still 
with Susie Glasgow Brown (SBC '64) 
at Harpeth Realtors in Nashville. 
Husband George and I nearing end of 
fixing up a 1928 Tudor when we cele- 
brated Xmas with paper plates and 
rental furniture! Our children are: Luke, 
internal medicine intern at J. Hopkins: 
Gavin, Boston architect: Jean, 
Vanderbilt Master's in Nursing program 
and engaged to an Army Lt. Ranger 
she met at U.VA. Daughter Anneliese 

and husband Dave recently moved to 
Nashville with our smashing 18 month 
old granddaughter, Madeleine. 

Percy Clarke Gwinn: We have 
moved from our "country " estate to the 
"city" of Alexandria (VA) into a "city 
home"! My new address is 154 Martin 
Lane, Alexandria, VA 22304, phone 
703-567-6055. The Beehive web site 
( is still up and 
running so we are happy about that. 
Discovered last Spring that Sally 
Lawrence is now the Oflice Manager 
where I have my business mail 
sent... we sort of stared at each other 
for a while trying to decide how we 
knew each other! Husband Michael is 
still with Legg Mason, and son William 
is working on his Masters in Pathology 
from Duke. Hope all is going great for 
you. ..Cheers! 

Katherine Cooley Maher: Big news 
in the Maher family this year. Our son 
Alexander will marry Macye Kinsey in 
Jackson Hole, WY on Aug. 4. They will 
continue to live in Jackson where 
Alexander specializes in brokering fly 
fishing properties. Our daughter, 
Magge, will marry TJ. Wagner on Sept. 
22"" in Mobile, AL, and they will reside 
in Washington, DC. Our son, Colby, 
continues his neurosurgery residency 
in Cincinnati. 

Mary Donaldson De Figard: 
Enjoying life in Los Gatos, CA, with 
husband of 26 years and 2 cats who 
have discovered Peacock feathers. 
Working with 3 primary care MDs 
within walking distance of house and 
hospital. I forgot how to drive on the 
Freeway! Belong to Los Medicos 
Voladores and every 18 months go to 
Mexico with Mexican doctors in train- 
ing to see patients together (no insur- 
ance or paperwork hassles!). 

Yours truly, Lynne Gardner 
Detmer: Jim and I had good times and 
bad in 2000. After my father's death 
just after Christmas, there was a year's 
worth of work to do to help with estate 
stuff. My twin brother and I are now 
the proud owners of his working 
Highlands Farm in Keene, NY. A beauti- 
ful 1800 acres in the Adirondacks. Oh 
my, how to run a farm long distance? 
Adornings (my jewelry, art glass, and 
fine crafts store) takes up huge 
amounts of time, .but I love being in 
the business. Took on the presidency 
of our 100 voice Williamsburg Choral 
Guild this summer (for two years), big 
job! Jim and I took a wonderful reposi- 
tioning cruise on the Wind Song (Wind 
Star Cruise Line) from Nice to Athens 
late last spring, enjoying every relaxing 
and informative minute. We enjoy our 
five children and Jim's four grandchil- 
dren, with too little time for good visit- 
ing. Probably time for a long hard look 
at how I, for one, am managing my 
time. I want and need to spend more 
time with family and friends, and have 
more time at the "Farm". But, in spite 
of time crunches, we are healthy. . . and 
wiser, tempered by time, duties, and 
events. I would truly like to reestablish 

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contact witfi classmates, unfettered by 
deadlines! Hope that you are all well 
and happy Please contact me via e- 
mail anytime (also easier for class 
notes!!!). Remember that you can mail 
me anytime now, with no space con- 
straints in the Magazine. Class notes 
will be printed in each issue. 

Sara Granath from Tullinge, 
Sweden: Some notes from the northern 
provinces. What can I tell you? I am 
working as an assistant professor in 
literature and drama at a new universi- 
ty college nearby. For the first time in 
many years I can actually walk to work, 
if I feel up to it. And for us Swedes, 
that's not an unusual thing to do. Last 
semester one of my students was a 
72-year old woman, living close to me, 
who actually walked there and back. I 
always take the bus home after a day's 
work. I also work as a theatre critic, a 
job that I actually enjoy more. I still like 
the theatre and I like to write about it. 
My job takes me on trips sometimes, 
mostly inside Sweden. My trips abroad 
are usually connected to participation 
in International Theatre Conferences. 
It's a very special feeling, for instance, 
to walk the streets of Lyon, France, and 
suddenly run into Alexander Chepurov 
of St Petersburg, Russia, whom I have 
met in Stockholm, Moscow, Montreal 
and Tel Aviv before... So each confer- 
ence means meeting old friends and 
making new ones. I still have a brother 
in Santa Rosa, California. But nowa- 
days I only meet him in Sweden, when 
he visits in the summer with his 
American wife and his two bilingual 
girls. My only year at Sweet Briar made 
a great impression on me, but still I 
haven't gone back. Maybe it's about 
time now, to see old friends in 
Washington, D.C, and take a trip to the 
old campus. I hope it is still beautiful! 

Libby Harvey: Summer 2001 notes 
will be history, so here they are: Libby 
and John FitzGerald will be married on 
April 28, 2001. Wow— is he a lucky 
guy! Yes, and she is also in heaven. 
Lots of wonderful laughs, love, and 
adventure. We decided to wait until 
2001 because we had both been mar- 
ried in the previous millennium... 
[Secretary's note: Libby continues as 
President of Alpha Laboratories, now a 
division of Europfins Scientific, Inc.] 

Jacqueline Israel Blakeslee: We 
now have all our children married, and 
have 5 wonderful grandchildren. It is a 
great time of life. 

Laura Ives Braun: This past year 
has been eventful both personally and 
professionally. We are in the process of 
adopting two children from Russia, and 
I incorporated my business - The 
Barbour Institute - which is an integra- 
tive approach to women's health. We 
have a terrific location south of Dupont 
Circle, and home is in Georgetown. 

Frances KIrven Morse: Hanging In 
there! After attending a "Now what do 
you really want to be when you grow 
up" workshop, I decided to leave the 
academic world. I |ust started a new 

position as Computer Education 
Program Director at the Brookline (MA) 
Senior Center! Just call me Granny 
Geek! I never would have imagined 
myself doing this! But it's a brand new 
building, with a state-of-the-art com- 
puter lab, a great supportive staff, and 
lots of amazing seniors who want to be 
included in the technological world we 
find ourselves in. The position involves 
teaching, designing curriculum, and 
managing the equipment... and it's a 10 
minute commute from my Newton 
house! Fast-paced but fun! 

Jennie Lyons Fogarty: I thought I'd 
e-mail so you could start collecting e- 
mail addresses. We may already have a 
list from the last reunion, but I don't 
have one (I'd love one if it exists). I'm 
already looking forward to May 2003 
and getting together again. Our oldest 
daughters both married last year — if 
you've heard this before, stop me!- 2 
weddings in 8 months is more than 
enough. Anne and husband Raymond 
are both actors in Chicago and are 
making a go of it. Kate and husband 
David live here in Washington — she is 
a first grade teacher (I take back every 
negative thing I ever said about my 
kids' teachers)and he is still in school 
working towards a career in medicine. 
Son Patrick graduated from Syracuse 
last May and rises every morning at 
4:30 to produce a show on a local 
radio station. He's also a swim and 
baseball coach for Georgetown Day 
School. Meg is struggling through 11'" 
grade and the college search. John has 
gone out on his own as a public affairs 
consultant and I've just started a new 
job as program director for a local 
community center which is lots of fun. 
Many changes for the Fogarty family. 
Aside from the kid stuff, the highlight 
of this last year for me was a 3-day 
walk of 60 miles to raise money for 
breast cancer research. I've registered 
again along with daughter Kate and 
just started training. I hope everyone is 
well and I look forward to reading the 
news of our classmates. 

Linda Mallon Krulwlch: [postcard 
received with this information... no 
name, but Linda is the only one of us 
in Ridgefield...] We moved to a new 
address: 212 Saint Johns Rd., 
Ridgefield, CT 06877. It's an old 240 
year old home in need of restoration. 
Children: Mike, a senior: Josh, a junior 
studying in Israel for the year; and 
Jonathan, Ph.D. candidate at Chapel 
Hill. And we're the same. 

Penny Oliver Hawkins: Wonderful 
year for me: Did my Christmas 
Shopping in Paris with a friend. 
Children are well and settled: Liz is in 
Chicago (Media relationship SHRAM); 
Miles is Deputy District Attorney in 
Durango, CO. After the holidays, I had 
the "Fifties Female" surgery. Am recu- 
perating and enjoying the time at 
home. This is my first long term break 
in seventeen years. It makes one con- 
template retirement! Visits with 
Suzanne Little and Libby Harvey are 

planned for the new year; We will meet 
at our house in Montana. Hope all is 
well with you. 

Ann Peterson Griffin: I have no 
news of general interest. We're just 
glad to be here and kicking. 

Pamela Post: I'm having a great 
year! I'm remarried to a really wonder- 
ful and kind man who's a news execu- 
tive producer. We are living in 
Cambridge, MA, Kristin Kuhns and 
Pam Browning were at my wedding. I 
see Pam a lot these days and also keep 
in touch with Addle Russo. I'm doing 
Advanced Graduate Study in 
Expressive Therapies, leading writing 
groups, and working with women with 
cancer one-to-one as a writing guide. 
I'm also writing two books and feeling 
quite blessed. My daughter was on the 
Olympic Team last year and some 
classmates from Sweet Briar helped 
finance the final leg of that journey. It 
was a terrific experience for her and 
I'm grateful to my Sweet Briar friends. 

IVIarianne Schultz Gait: Since I do 
have some news, I thought that I 
would e-mail you. Husband Sandy and 

1 moved to Manhattan last January. We 
live in a very small apartment (with our 

2 dogs!) on 57"'& 1", near Sutton 
Place. Sandy has taken a new job at 
TIAA-CREF which he is really enjoying. 
After 25 years in residential real estate 
sales, I have retired and do miss my 
old friends and cohorts from work. 
However, we are having a ball living in 
the city, walking everywhere and loving 
being in an urban environment like 
New York and all it has to offer. Our 
daughter Farrell (25 years) also lives 
and works in advertising in the city. 
After teaching school for several years 
in England and St. Louis, our son Scott 
(28 years) is in his second year in 
graduate school at the Johns Hopkins 
School of Advanced International 
Studies in DC. Their proximity to us 
has made this move so much more fun 
and complete. I recently saw Vicki 
Chainski Verity ('66) up here. Her 
daughter Vivi lives near Union Square 
and works for a special events plan- 
ning company. Vicki and husband John 
have just moved from Evanston to 
Chicago and are also loving their urban 
life. It was great fun to see her. Hope 
all is well. 

Julie Selbels Northup: I do have 
news! As of January 1, 1 joined a 
Decatur law firm, Thompson, Rollins, 
Schwartz & Borowski LLC, that special- 
izes in employment discrimination and 
civil rights litigation. My boys — hus- 
band and two sons — are all thriving in 
their respective jobs: Fred is President 
of Athletes for a Better World: Fred Jr. 
working on XBox games at Microsoft 
with weekend performances as a mem- 
ber of Seattle Theatre Sports; and 
Temple is a Production Assistant with 
Warner Brothers. Fred and I are espe- 
cially enjoying singing in the Atlanta 
Community Jazz Chorus and finally liv- 
ing close enough to visit our families 
over holidays. Last New Year's Eve I 

was delighted to run into Suzanne 
Edinger Boas after 30-plus years (she 
hasn't changed a whit!), and I've seen 
her once since then. I see or speak 
with former roomie Ann Webster fairly 
often, too. I regularly run into SBC 
alums here — quite a change from 

Suzanne Torgan Weston: I'm still 
doing rocket flight software testing as 
a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin. 
Steve completed renovating a 100-year 
old Victorian house, and it is under 
contract. He and his partner are now 
building a new Victorian house. We 
drove around Scotland for two weeks 
in Sept., and loved it even more the 
second time. Our family is fine; our 13- 
year old grandson is taller than I am, 
and still growing. The dog and two cats 
still run the house. 

Sandy Waters: I'm well and quite 
happy. I'm still (8 years) doing child 
abuse cases in Jefferson County, CO. 
I'm still singing regularly around the 
country and locally in a parody/satire 
group of lawyers and judges called 
"The Burden of Spoof." I'm still riding 
at dressage shows (probably the oldest 
rider there). The only new thing is that 
I got married on Oct. 15,2000(1'' 
time) to a retired JAG officer (Colonel 
ret. USA) and we're having fun motor- 
cycling — new sport to me — and doing 
some competitive shooting. 

Marshalyn Yeargln-Allsopp: This 
year makes 20 years that I have been 
at CDC doing research in developmen- 
tal disabilities — and I still love it! I 
have always managed to do some clini- 
cal work as well, which is great! Ralph 
is still in private practice (psycholo- 
gist). Tim (age 24) received his mas- 
ters degree from the London School of 
Economics 12/00, and Whitney (age 
20) is coming up on her senior year at 
Emory! I am humbled by Sweet Briar's 
recognition of me as part of the 
Centennial Celebration, 


President: Deborali L. Jones 
Secretary: Virginia Eldridge Eaton 

The women of '70 are hard charg- 
ing into the new millennium - you go 
girl! IVIargaret Arnold Jackson finally 
received her doctorate in education 
from GA Southern. She is an asst. 
principal in Macon; recently married 
Meg lives in Dallas, James studies fur- 
niture design and husband Jim brokers 
commercial real estate. IVIargaret 
catches up with Lawson Calhoun Kelly 
at the grocery. Congratulations to 
Barbara Brewster on her marriage to 
Frank Brent and move to a 1 1 0-acre 
farm in Henry Cty, KY Barbara is asst. 
principal at local high school; Brewster 
is a junior at College of Charleston and 
daughter Pritchett has her eyes on the 
Air Force Academy. Candace Buker 
Chang went to reunion and watched 
baby Sonia graduate from UVA and 

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return to Boston as a legislative aide. 
Jeannie teaches in Northern Va. and 
Candace continues as Director of Child 
& Family services for a large non-profit 
in Boston. She escapes the stress of 
work with friends in a triple-decker 
they have been rehabilitating. Look for 
Kathy Cummings Catlin's 1" book, 
"Leading at the Speed of Growth: 
Journey from Entrepreneur to CEO"! 
Kathy consults w/ high tech CEOs and 
Chip is CFG of a Boston based Bio- 
tech. Jack graduated from UVA and 
Reed is studying engineering at UVA. 
Stuart Davenport Simrill returned to 
work as a Medic specialist in a school 
located in public housing - a job she 
characterizes as "challenging and 
rewarding." Spenser is rector at St 
Luke's in Atlanta, son Spenser is finish- 
ing his PhD at UGA, Helen researches 
colleges and Stephen is in Junior High. 
The Simrills have been backpacking 
around Europe. Egypt & Israel. Betsy 
Edwards Anderson is an "empty 
nester. ' Charlie is working in NYC, 
Claire in Atlanta and Caroline is at 
UNC-Chapel Hill. Albuquerque based 
Ann Gateley. MD has 75 residents in 
training under her wing, as well as her 
position in internal medicine. Gateley 
pursues her interest in Sports Medicine 
and completed her 18'" Marathon! Ran, 
probably literally, into fit and happy Bill 
& Lorie Harris Amass. Good thoughts 
to Frances Gravely in Chapel Hill as 
she "swirls through one of those char- 
acter building years." Haig is valiantly 
fighting rectal cancer and her house, 
under construction for 2 years, will 
finally be finished 12/2000. Vietri, their 
family Italian import business thrives 
as do the kids at UNC CH and GA Tech. 
Annapolis based Louise Hayman com- 
pleted her job as director of MD's 
Millennium Commission and is 
Director of Communications for MD 
State Controller Kris Herzog is doing 
publications for U of FL business 
school. Her niece transferred into SBC 
and she is praying for her brother in 
his cancer struggle. Sue Holbrook has 
2 married daughters, the youngest at 
W&L Law. Sue teaches and sells real 
estate in the DC area. 

You might see Elsa Jones Forter 
cruising along the New England coast 
in their 36 ft. sailboat! After 25 yrs, 
Elsa has left the healthcare industry 
and savors the rewards of nursery 
school teaching! After 10 mo. in El 
Salvador, daughter Alexandra works in 
Chicago for an organization that sup- 
ports the immigrant community and 
her son is at Colgate on the 
Washington Study program. Debbie 
Jones roams the country reviewing 
medical residency programs. Page 
Kjellstrom started the millennium with 
a new house and a new job. Director of 
Events, World Presidents' Organization. 
Travels to India, Italy, Russia & Canada 
where she had a fun reunion with 
Tricia IVIast George Page also hooked 
up with Louise Bilbro Connell in 

Barbara LaLance Kelly and Terry 
still live in Albany. They have a daugh- 
ter at U of Ml law school and another 
in her lunior year at U of NH, Fran 
Griffith Laserson had the thrill of 
attending the listing breakfast at the 
NYSE as SVP of communications for 
her Moody's spin-off. A diehard New 
Yorker, Fran sees lots of Mary Jane 
Hipp Brock and Pat Swinney Kaufman 
whose daughter, Lisbeth is her god- 
child. Godmother to Maisie 
Cunningham, daughter of Carter Burns 
'71 , Fran reflects that the best parts of 
SBC in her life are the connection with 
"these amazing young women." Stew 
and Lucy Lombardi Evans' daughters 
Elizabeth, 15. and Morgan, 13, are 
keeping them busy with their myriad 
activities in Colorado. Advanced sailing 
courses off the coast of MA filled this 
summer. A personal trainer, running 
and cycling keeps Lucy fit. We all keep 
Elizabeth McKee Werlinich in our 
thoughts and prayers as she continues 
fighting a rare form of cancer. Doug 
has retired and they have moved from 
the city to the fresh country air of 
Southampton Long Island. Estee 
Lauder, her employer of 20 years, has 
hired an assistant for Elizabeth to take 
over some of her Far East travel. Kim 
Mitchell Bethea writes from Madison. 
Wl that they are about to embark on 
college visits to both coasts with Emily. 
Kim IS busy with photography, infor- 
mation systems management, and, 
after 8 years, a draft of her disserta- 
tion. Denise Mullen is new Associate 
Dean of the Corcoran College of Art's 
B.RA. program. Denise previously was 
chair of the art department at New 
Jersey City University and visiting pro- 
fessor at Pratt Institute. Barbara Oftutt 
Mathieson has cut back her teaching 
to 2/3 time at Southern Oregon 
University. As Anna-Rose starts law 
school and Skye heads off to Stanford, 
Barbara anticipates a "new spacious- 
ness in my life and quiet moments with 
husband Tom and myself." Bonnie 
Palmer McCloskey's family of 6 spent 
Aug. in Jerusalem & Egypt. Bonnie & 
her book club took in England and 7 
Shakespeare plays. Her brood of 4 are 
all back studying or working in CO. 
Tom's busy w/real estate "adventure 
capital." Bonnie is active in women's 
foundation of CO, the Aspen Institute 
and started a women's speaker lunch- 
eon series. If that weren't enough, the 
McCloskeys are building a vacation 
home m Kauai. Mary Jo Petree 
Murphy's last child is out of college. 
Their daughter is practicing law in 
Grand Junction, CO and Will is in 
graphic design school in Atlanta. Frank 
still practices law and Mary Jo is busy 
with her volunteer activities She catch- 
es up with Katy Lou Warren Towers 
several times a year Marcia Pollock 
sold her retail business and travels 
whenever she can. Craig is at SMU and 
Will works in commercial printing with 
his father Betty Rau Santandrea 
moved to Clifton Park NY where Bob 

accepted a position as patent attorney 
at GE's R&D Center. Sara graduated 
from Bowdoin and is teaching Biology 
at a boarding/day school in NH and 
Matt is a freshman at Duke. Her eldest 
son is still a freelance video editor in 
NYC. Betty is unpacking, volunteering 
at the local senior center and raising a 
black chow-chow. Kate Schlech has 
logged in 20 years in the anti-trust 
division of the Dept of Justice. You'll 
find Kate on the prowl for antique polit- 
ical cartoons on trusts and monopolies 
- she has 600 so far! DC based 
Elizabeth Smith continues putting 
together high tech deals with venture 
capital firms. Vacation this year takes 
Elizabeth to England, Scotland and the 
French Riviera to celebrate common 
birthdays with Holly Smith '72. Katy 
Warren Towers and Charlie have been 
enjoying their blessings and traveling 
extensively. Three weeks around South 
America. Machu Picchu and Easter 
Island is a favorite. The ever morphing 
world of high tech keeps me chal- 
lenged as companies, including my 
own. scramble to reposition them- 
selves in this fast market. I travel DC - 
Detroit, and I\IE to support my partners 
and sales teams in the government 
market. My mother stayed with me to 
recuperate from serious heart surgery 
and my 3 boxers assure life is never 
too quiet. Jerri Eoff Walsh was in 
Philadelphia briefly with one of her 
classes so we were able to steal a 
quick visit! Years have not diminished 
the strength of the connection - it was 
such a treat! 


President: Jacque Penny 
Secretary: Caroline Tuttle Murray 
Fund Agent: Camilla Crocker 

By the time you are reading this, 
our thirtieth reunion will be over and 
we will have had the wonderful oppor- 
tunity to see each other and visit in 
person. I've no doubt we were a fun- 
lovin', good-lookin', accomplished and 
renowned group! I would like, first of 
all, to issue thanks to Jacque for serv- 
ing as our wonderful and inspirational 
Class President for the past five years. 
I have received much news and, since 
we class secretaries no longer have a 
word limit (hooray, hooray!!), I'm 
going to try to relate as much as possi- 
ble to you. Frances Barnes Kennamer 
(Montgomery, AL) is getting close to 
retirement from the State Health 
Department. She intends to play more 
golf and spend more time with her 
daughter, who is now driving. Husband 
Seabie is also contemplating retire- 
ment. They visited Alaska for their 
twenty-fifth anniversary. Mary Bell 
Parks (Loveland, CO) is very excited 
that she will be accompanying her two 
oldest children, Julia, 22, and Steve, 
20, on a ten day trip to Egypt this 

spnng but is disappointed she will 
miss reunion. Kristi Bettendorl (Miami, 
FL) wishes she could report some 
amazing adventures other than the 
recounts that are still continuing. Her 
son, who is interested in aeronautical 
engineering, is starting college at 
Worcester Polytech this fall and her 
high school daughter is interested in 
cheerleading, dancing, drama, and 
singing Judy Brown Fletcher's 
(Indianapolis, IN) daughter asked her 
what she wanted for her fiftieth birth- 
day and Judy said "a wedding" so 
daughter Katie was married the day 
after Judy's birthday! Katie lives in 
California and is a copywriter/web con- 
tent editor and her husband is a VP of 
Design for frogdesign, inc. Son Will 
graduated from Kenyon and is a gradu- 
ate student of biological oceanography 
at Texas A & M. Husband Steve com- 
mutes between Indiana and the Florida 
wetlands. Judy is dyeing silk scarves 
and selling them and is beginning to 
do some jewelry design. She and Steve 
visited the Outer Banks for their thirti- 
eth anniversary. Cami Crocker 
Wodehouse (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL), 
Chuck, and Carey flew to Australia in 
May, 2000, to meet up with son Charlie 
who had been working there. They 
traveled together for three weeks, char- 
tering a sailboat, staying in the rainfor- 
est and visiting the outback. They 
thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip 
but their godson, living with Charlie, 
met an Australian girl and is getting 
married over there in April so back 
they go, stopping for a vacation in 
Kauai. Charlie is now working in 
Richmond for an investment banking 
company. Carey is a sophomore in col- 
lege, pursuing a communications 
degree. Cami recently visited with sev- 
eral class of '72 members in North 
Carolina. Louise Dempsey McKean 
(Gilford, NH) reports she and Ted |ust 
celebrated their thirtieth anniversary in 
Bermuda. Daughter Molly is an attor- 
ney in Concord, daughter Margot is 
working for EF Education in Boston, 
and son Matthew is working in Costa 
Rica. She is doing title abstracting and 
translating for a local refugee family 
from Africa and husband Ted continues 
with his law practice. Betty Duson 
(Houston) reports all is well with her 
and her family. She looks forward to 
Sweet Briar's upcoming year of cele- 
bration Kathy Garcia Pegues' 
(Warrenton. VA) daughter Emily gradu- 
ated from SBC in '00 and is now work- 
ing in an internet/computer firm. Son 
Adam is in his second year at the Naval 
Academy, currently 8'" in his class. He 
ran the Marine Corps Marathon, plac- 
ing 10'" in his age group. Kathy is fin- 
ishing up her last year as Alumnae 
Association President and has loved 
every minute. She sings Michela 
English's praises as Chairman of Sweet 
Briar's Board and encourages all of us 
to get involved. Kathy's husband John 
"retreated" from twenty-six years as a 
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working directly witii kids again as a 
guidance counselor at the school 
where Kathy teaches. Enjoying mid-life 
is Barbara Gracey Backer (Delray 
Beach, FL) and husband Ron. They and 
their children, John, 15, David, 13, and 
Katie. 11, spend "blissful" summers in 
Beech Mountain. NC and Barbara is 
looking forward this fall to joining 
some friends for a walking, cooking 
trip to Tuscany. She says. "Life is good 
and I am blessed." Sioux Greenwald 
(Hoboken. NJ) keeps up with SBC 
classmates Rob! Randolph. Wendy 
Smith, and Val Murphey She's attend- 
ing her goddaughter's (Dee Kysor's 
child) graduation from William & Mary 
reunion weekend but will "be with us in 
spirit." "All is well" with the family of 
Linda Hill Krensky (Rockville. MD). 
Her youngest of six will have a Bar 
Mitzvah in March and her oldest 
became a first time father in June, 
which she says takes her "to a whole 
new level." She also says "2001 prom- 
ised more art collected by husband, 
Steve, and more getting rid of stuff to 
make room for it!" I received a news- 
paper clipping containing news of 
Louise Jackson (Shreveport. LA) who 
was appointed vice president and trust 
officer of City Bank & Trust of 
Shreveport. Congratulations to Louise! 
Alison Jones (Summerland, CA) 
received a master's degree in photog- 
raphy in December and is enjoying a 
busy photography career She has also 
been accepted into the American 
Society of Media Photographers. A 
recent press release about her career 
states that Alison "documents third- 
world cultures. African wildlife and 
rural regions of Europe and the US. 
During a trip to Kenya, she pho- 
tographed Masai wedding and circum- 
cision rituals, and investigated newly- 
developed wildlife conservation and 
deforestation solutions . . ." Alison 
says she has a lovely rural 250-year- 
old stone cottage in NJ which serves 
as a retreat for her and her two daugh- 
ters. Claire KinnettTate (Charlotte, 
NC) reports her husband of twenty- 
eight years, John, is still a banker with 
First Union, "keeping life lively with his 
NASCAR clients." Daughter Bright is a 
junior at Colorado College "majoring in 
Spanish, Italian, and snow boarding." 
Son Austin is a senior at The 
Lawrenceville School in NJ. The entire 
family spent New Year's in the 
Northwoods of Minnesota on "an 
absolutely splendid" parent/child out- 
ward bound course — camping, dog 
sledding, and cross-country skiing. 
She highly recommends it! I love 
Marilyn Kolb's (Lexington, MA) com- 
ments: "... still working, kids are play- 
ing soccer and loving it, the cat is try- 
ing to kill me. no major house projects 
(the first time in a long time), I still 
remember who I am and where I live." 
Dee Kysor (Manakin Sabot, VA) is still 
working as a small animal vet in the 
Richmond area and is music director at 
her church. She performs music and 

story- telling with husband, George 
Craft, traveling all over the state per- 
forming at schools and libraries. 
Daughter Jennifer is a senior at William 
& Mary, majoring in philosophy and 
psychology. Her husband survived a 
terrible car wreck last summer but is 
doing well. The Sept.. 2000 issue of 
the U.Va. Alumni News reported the 
appointment of E. Ashley Wills, who is 
the husband of Gina Mancusi Wills, as 
U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic 
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to 
the Republic of Maldives. He had previ- 
ously been deputy chief of mission in 
New Delhi, India. Not much has 
changed for Lynne Manov Sprinsky 
(Montoursville, PA)— she says same 
husband and kids but son Matt, 21, 
has a place of his own and she has two 
new bassets. Lots of church volunteer 
work plus her Mary Kay business and 
riding two horses a day keeps her hop- 
ping. Husband Bill got a new hip in '00 
and is supposed to get the other one 
this spring. Amanda Megargee Sutton 
(Petersburg, VA) switched to teaching 
kindergarten three years ago and is 
happy with the change. Son Jamey will 
attend VCU to study photography and 
video. She continues to serve on the 
boards of the teams Jamey used to 
swim on. Amanda says she's "explor- 
ing what I might like to do when I'm 
not a full time mom any more." 
Sherrill Marks Byrd (Nashville, TN) 
keeps in touch with Louise Archer 
Slater and Martha Stewart Crosland 
After working to get all the tax work in 
on time, her family skied and traveled 
to the Grand Caymans this year 
Nelson, 20, is at Sewanee, and 
Hudson, 14, will start prep school in 
the fall. Sherrill will spend part of the 
summer in Monteagle Assembly, 
"always fun and rewarding." Jill 
Minnema Worth (Ridgewood, NJ) sent 
a copy of her Christmas newsletter 
which was full of family accomplish- 
ments. She and her husband have had 
grandchild #3. John has finished his 
doctorate in economics from USC and 
is working on high profile policy Issues 
for the US Treasury Department. 
Marcia is a teacher in the North 
Caldwell School System but took a 
year off and was published in the NY 
Times Op Ed page and NJ Monthly 
Magazine. David is still a professor of 
Renaissance English at Rutgers and is 
writing and publishing. He gave a 
paper at an international conference in 
Italy last spring. Husband Larry is 
Village Manager and Jill is still working 
as a church school director Jill also 
keeps busy every year chairing the 
Ridgewood Fourth of July celebration 
(in '00 it attracted over 40,000 people) 
and she and Larry just purchased 
waterfront property near the Tides Inn 
in Irvington. VA where they intend to 
build Liz Mumford Wilson (Hyannis 
Port, MA) sends greetings from 
"snowy Cape Cod," The biggest change 
in her life is her twelve years old son 
starting boarding school but she says 

he is close enough for her to get to 
games and events. She is painting and 
traveling more and she marvels that 
they now "can go out to dinner at a 
minute's notice." Wendy Norton Brown 
(Richmond, VA) says nothing new to 
report — at the same preschool for sev- 
enteen years. Son David is a stockbro- 
ker in Richmond and son Chris gradu- 
ates from JMU the weekend before 
reunion. After living in Boston for 
twenty-five years and San Francisco for 
five, Jan Pridmore has moved to 
Melbourne, FL to manage her father's 
business, electronic component distri- 
bution. She hopes "to figure out what 
those words mean." During reunion, 
she will be at their convention in Las 
Vegas looking at "little tray things with 
small wires coming out of them won- 
dering what they are." Ann Shipper 
Dates (Rochester. NY) continues to 
work for Kodak in Investor Relations. 
Daughter Alison. SBC '99, works in 
Rochester for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. 
Son T K. lives in Chicago and has 
returned to graduate school at DePaul 
In e-commerce. Haven't heard from 
Anne Sniffen Gates (Center Valley, PA) 
in a while. Husband Ward teaches 
instructional design in the College of 
Ed. at Lehigh University. Anne is the 
lower school secretary at Moravian 
Academy. Daughter Katherine is a jun- 
ior at Wake Forest Alix Sommer Smith 
(Fredericksburg, VA) continues to 
recover from back surgery and she and 
her husband have had a Florida and 
Caribbean cruise vacation. She is 
supervisor of gifted with Stafford 
County, VA schools. I received Sally 
Thorndike Shepherd's (Sissonville. 
WVA) card too late to include in last 
year's notes. She said, at that time, that 
she and husband, Tony, were still 
enjoying life out on the farm. Their 
youngest, Lida, is at U.C. Berkeley, 
rowing varsity crew. Son Chris is at 
Hamilton College, and older daughter 
Jane is at Brown. Sally is Director of 
the Kanawhe County Solid Waste 
Authority and manages the regional 
recycling facility. She raises and trains 
horses "for physical and mental fit- 
ness" and enjoys the annual fifty-mile 
competitive trail ride at the Homestead. 
Beverly Van Zandt (Shoreacres, TX) is 
in the boat business where she enjoys 
"being around the water and wearing 
shorts to work." She has two teenage 
daughters. Mim Washabaugh Meglan 
(Frederick, MD) and her sister pur- 
chased and are restoring a Federal 
period home in a neighboring village 
that's just been named to the National 
Register of Historic Places. She's mov- 
ing her offices into the building and is 
very excited to have space to fill with 
American antiques. She reports more 
grueling travel demands than ever with 
lier hedge fund business. Wendy 
Weiss Smith (Durham, NC) reports 
she, her husband's mother and sister, 
and her own mother had a wonderful 
trip to Peru. Linda Whitlow Knight 
(Nashville, TN) continues to practice 

commercial and bankruptcy law and 

serve on the Tennessee Economic 
Council on Women. She is also 
President of the Tennessee Lawyers' 
Association for Women. Although less 
active in politics than she used to be, 
she was an alternate delegate to the 
Republican Convention in Philadelphia 
and worked in the Bush-Cheney cam- 
paign. She and husband Dick attended 
the Inauguration. Linda also wrote a 
brief in a U. S. Supreme Court case 
contending that high school athletic 
associations are "state actors" and 
therefore cannot discriminate against 
female athletes. (Forgive me, Linda, if I 
did not summarize that correctly.) She 
went to Washington for the argument 
and hopes that the Court will have 
ruled by reunion time! Husband Dick 
continues to practice Law and serves 
as an arbitrator in complex civil-litiga- 
tion, usually cases relating to the 
health care business. Daughter 
Katherine transferred to Vanderbilt Law 
School, will clerk in Richmond and 
Nashville this summer, and will be 
married in the Wren Chapel at the 
College of William and Mary in May. 
Daughter Elizabeth is completing SMU 
as a double-major in film and Italian 
and will graduate with honors. She will 
be a teaching assistant in Italy for the 
summer after she graduates. Another 
world traveler is Anne Wiglesworth 
Munoz (Salt Lake City, UT) who had a 
fantastic three-week trip to Australia. 
She and husband Milton "hiked nearty 
every day and saw wombats, kanga- 
roos, emus, koalas, possums, walla- 
bies, and heaps of birds in the wild." 
This year Milton's parents plan to visit 
them from Colombia. Milton teaches 
fifth grade. Anne is still batiking. Aliria, 
16, is swimming and playing water 
polo. Maya, 19, is at Scripps College 
and also plays water polo. Kathy 
Wilson Lamb (Atlanta, GA) expresses 
disbelief that we've been out of SBC for 
thirty years! She says her recent high 
point was "writing the last college 
tuition check." Her children are 25 and 
22. She and her husband are wishing 
for retirement in Virginia. Denlse 
Wisell O'Connor (Longwood, FL) and 
husband Jim travel to Scotland every 
summer where they have two weeks of 
time share. This year they will also visit 
Copenhagen and Stockholm in addition 
to Monte Carlo and Paris which they 
will visit on business in the spring. 
Nesi had thirteen (!) Christmas trees in 
her house in '00 and adds a new one 
every year The themes are determined, 
sometimes by country, by color and 
concept Beverly Wright Miller 
(Lynchburg, VA) has taught for thirty 
years in the Lynchburg City Schools — 
Latin, English, and gifted enrichment. 
Daughter Katie is in seventh grade. Her 
husband is business manager for 
Krogers. Beveriy spends her time read- 
ing, traveling, gardening, and plans on 
soon finishing at least one novel. Barb 
Wuehrmann (Green Valley. AZ) and 
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semi-retirement, spending winters in 
Arizona and summers in Grand Rapids, 
She worl(ed part time last summer for 
Johnson Controls in Holland. IVll at 
their employee medical center Jim still 
runs his own business (distribution 
planning) out of the home and travels 
regularly. She says they're "doing fine," 
Diana Zeidel (Bethany Beach, DE) and 
husband Jon Seymour have built a 
lovely house at the beach and are split- 
ting their time between there and D,C, 
where they continue doing some con- 
sulting. They spent five weeks in 
Florida this past winter and have also 
been traveling all over the West — 
Washington, Oregon, Montana, 
Colorado, Texas — and New York — for 
work and for fun. They are planning a 
month in Europe this fall- 
Alice Meyer and her daughter, who 
will be a junior at Wofford College, 
have moved to Charlottesville with 
Alice's job as Vice President of Client 
Services for InformedCare, She travels 
to many under-served corners of the 
globe while running telemedicine and 
disease management projects but "it's 
always great to come home to contem- 
plate the Blue Ridge Mountains..." 

Libby Tyree Taylor (Atherton. CA) 
will be in Philadelphia helping her 
daughter, a freshman at the University 
of Pennsylvania, move out of her 
dorm, and plans to come to Reunion 
from there. She is president of the 
local school board and has a son in 
eighth grade. Her husband, formerly a 
senior partner of an 800- member law 
firm, has a new career as a partner of a 
venture capital international firm with 
offices in Silicon Valley as well as 

Allsa Yust Rowe (Houston, TX) is 
keeping busy with weddings. Daughter 
Meredith, a UVA grad, married a Texas 
boy in July so she's "home, " and her 
other daughter Allison, is getting mar- 
ried in September Carter Burns 
Cunningham (Washington, DC) fre- 
quently sees Michela English and 
IVIelissa McGee Keshishian She 'was 
thrilled to know that Denise Mullen is 
now the Associate Dean of the 
Corcoran School of Art." Daughter 
Maisie is a freshman at Duke and Lolly 
is in the eighth grade at the Potomac 

Michela English (Washington. DC) 
is embarking on her first college search 
trip with daughter Eleanore. who is 
interested only in co-ed schools and 
especially those in California, She is 
trying "not to take it personally," We 
are indeed proud of the outstanding 
job Michela has been doing as presi- 
dent of Sweet Briar's board. 

And. finally, from Reidsville, NC. 
my husband Rick and I have been get- 
ting used to the empty nest this year 
and. I must say, it's sort of been fun. 
sort of been sad, definitely been differ- 
ent. The dog and I have grown so 
close — he's my only child left! Our 
daughter Cassidy will graduate in May 
from the Kenan-Flagler Business 

School at U(\IC-Chapel Hill, then return 
next year for her Masters of 
Accounting (she just can't leave Chapel 
Hill), We're hoping Scott will success- 
fully survive his freshman year also at 
Carolina, I'm proud to say the Murrays 
actually took a trip last summer to 
Scotland and England, where we met 
up with Cassidy who had been having 
a ball in Europe for most of the sum- 
mer To all of you, thanks so much for 
your witty and newsy class notes — you 
make my job easy! 


President: Kathleen Cochran Schutze 
Secretary: Louise (Weezie) Blakeslee 

Fund Agent: Diane Dale Roiling 

Michelle Brown Badcock is work- 
ing on a post-grad MSC in 
Management of Voluntary 
Organizations at Southampton Univ. 
Simon. 24. works for an American 
bank in London; Doug. 21. received a 
degree in Geography and Environment; 
Heather 18. got her A-levels and is tak- 
ing a year off spending 6 months in 
Costa Rica and a month in the States. 
A trip to Mexico is planned tor 
Christmas before a January excursion 
to Costa Rica, Anne Billings 
McDougall and Ed took Maggie to 
Davidson in mid-Aug. where she is 
"firmly entrenched," Jimmy is a hs 
sophomore involved in football, 
lacrosse and community service, Anne 
describes her work in school, church, 
her neighborhood and in Ed's office as 
"rewarding," Mary Buxton, in Monte 
Sereno, CA, loves being the parent of 
6-yr old son Will, A counselor active 
churchgoer and reader Mary bemoans 
not swimming enough, Evelyn Carter 
Cowles and Reynolds are grandparents 
X 4 with a girl born last spring. They 
enjoyed a week in England in 
September - a respite from a year 
spent repainting inside and out. Peggy 
Cheesewright Garner is involved in 
garden clubs on both local (VP of the 
governing board, president next year) 
and national levels (provisional chair, 
membership comm.), Peggy's babysit- 
ting course is in its 17"year Whitney is 
in 5'" grade and John loves his 3'° year 
in residential real estate, Peggy sees 
Diane Dale Roiling. Lisa Fowler 
Winslow. Belsie Gambel. and Jane 
McFaddin Bryan Renee Conover 
Reed's daughter Melissa, chose Hood 
over Sweet Briar this fall. Son, Craig, a 
hs freshman is a "hot shot" lacrosse 
player Moreen's year was difficult hav- 
ing lost her mother to cancer in May, 
Diane Dale Reiling was diagnosed 
with breast cancer in May so her year 
has included surgery, chemo and radi- 
ation. It was caught early so Diane is 
optimistic but she urges all of us to 
take time to do self-exams. She also 
reminds us to use AlumLink at 
www,alumnae.sbc,edu . Sue Dern 

Plank's year began near Tinnes Square 
watching the Waterford crystal ball 
drop, David's company, the Gordian 
Group, has an apartment near the NY 
Stock Exchange that they can use. In 
March, Sue, her mother and Elena trav- 
eled to OH, NC and Charleston with 
tours of some VA colleges thrown in. 
An unsolicited otter on their Victorian 
house in Canapharie, NY resulted in a 
move to Slingerlands, NY They 
enjoyed a family reunion in July. Elena, 
a hs sophomore, spent 5 weeks this 
summer in Paris and Bordeaux fol- 
lowed by 10 days back in the States 
with her French hostess. Sue keeps in 
touch with Ginger Woodward Gast and 
Laurie Norris, In CT Christine Eng 
Leventhal must take the class prize for 
staying active. She teaches fitness, cre- 
ative movement for preschoolers, is a 
personal trainer and is renewing her 
teaching certificate. Amy is a sopho- 
more at UVM, Nick is a hs sophomore 
at the Hyde School in CT, Jon is in 8'" 
grade in Wilton, Peter has sold one of 
his two natural-food stores and is 
involved in nutritional counseling and 
teaching martial arts. They spend time 
every summer on Block Island, Susan 
Hancock Duke sent an amazing 
account of the impact of Hurricane 
Floyd on Franklin, VA; 150 businesses 
and 100 homes destroyed, no phones 
for 3 weeks, no mail for 10 days. One 
year later 89 businesses have re- 
opened in the downtown district thanks 
to volunteers from all over the US and 
Canada and donations of money to the 
Franklin Flood Fund, When Susan 
wrote this letter the Blackwater River 
was above flood stage again. This story 
speaks volumes about the resiliency of 
people and the generosity of strangers, 
Robin Harmon and her 13-yr old 
daughter, Robin, spent a month in 
Provence again this summer Pascale 
Boulard Dutilleul spent a weekend hik- 
ing to the top of Mt, St. Victoire 
(Cezanne's mountain) and picnicking at 
the base with Robin's nephew, a first 
year at Tulane, Inspired by the beauty. 
Robin painted 3 dozen oil paintings 
and 2 dozen sketches. This year 
Pascale enjoyed the benefits of living in 
SBC's French House in 1973— first, a 
visit from Suzanne Garrison Hoder, 
John and their sons, Ross and Frank, 
Suzanne helped Pascale's son Damien, 
16, find a counslor's position at a 
YMCA camp in Rl, Carter Heyward 
Morris' son Wade also visited Pascale 
in France, Her daughter Carole, 22, 
lives in San Francisco and has enjoyed 
the hospitality of Jane Potts as well as 
Wade and Heyward Morris, Peggy 
Holloway Fitch is in her 20" year of 
practicing dermatology and skin cancer 
surgery in Aiken, SC, Brannon, 21, is a 
senior at U of GA and plans to get an 
MBA; Hollis. 18, is a hs senior and 
hopes to attend the Naval Acad,; 
Kendall is a hs junior and plans on 
applying to Princeton or UVA, Peggy 
has recently reconnected with Beth 
Boatwright Bell and they have a girls- 

only trip planned to Hilton Head in 
December Carter Heyward Morris will 
be the mother-of-the-bride on 
December 30, 2000 when Heyward, 22, 
marries her Vanderbilt sweetheart, J.P 
They will live in Columbia. SC (Carter's 
hometown) where J,P will be in law 
school at use. Wade. 19, Is a 1" year 
student at UVA, After dropping him off 
at school. Hampton and Carter stopped 
at SBC Linda Lipscomb has had a 
great year with "challenging work, a 
hiking vacation in Austria and good 
health," She was about to leave for 
Sydney to see the Olympics when she 
wrote, Joan May Hardin is working 
part-time for the NJEA (teachers' 
union), Meredith Grey, 21 , is a junior at 
W & L where she is social chair of 
Kappa Delta, Much to Grey's dismay, 
Joan and Rick built a log cabin in the 
mountains near Lexington, Bill. 18, is a 
1' year at Rhodes College in Memphis 
and pledged Pi Kappa Alpha, Richard, a 
hs sophomore, was diagnosed with 
juvenile diabetes last spring so is 
adjusting to this challenge. Rick's Wall 
Street law firm merged with a firm in 
San Francisco in January, 2001 , Joan 
is in touch with Julie Johnson Evans 
whose son is a senior at W & L and 
president of Kappa Sigma and Jill 
Heptinstall, While on a leave of 
absence from her medical practice 
after her Dad's death in Dec, Alice 
Mclnnis is working on a master's in 
English with a creative writing empha- 
sis. Although she still operates, the 
insurance situation may keep her from 
returning to a traditional OB/GYN 
office. Her son. Kenneth is a college 
junior; Sarah is a hs senior Marion 
McKee Humphreys swims, lifts 
weights and describes her volunteer 
work with students who are not mak- 
ing it in the city school as "humbling." 
Her older son. a junior history major at 
SMU in Dallas, spent the summer 
studying at Oxford (Marion said she 
will frame that diploma). Her younger 
son is a hs senior who plays club soc- 
cer His team played in Denmark last 
summer Hunter an attorney, and 
Marion are looking forward to building 
a lake house on property in AK. She 
reports that Cathy Blackburn is mar- 
ried, living in Houston and is an "excel- 
lent architect " Jane McCutchen 
McFaddin's husband. Barclay, was in 
town and said that Susan Craig is well. 
Marion sees Charlotte Battle Robbins 
and wondered if anyone has 
Blanchette Chappell's email address. 
Chris Mendel Prewitt is living in IL 
near St, Louis after a year in 
Montgomery, AL, Having loved the area 
and facing another move in the spring 
(address unknown), the Prewitts 
bought a house there to use during 
vacations until retirement, Chris' 
daughter is a hs junior Her sons are in 
9" grade (playing football) and 6'" grade 
(skateboarding), Chris' husband flies 
for Northwest out of Minneapolis. 
Betsie Meric Gambel continues to love 
her job as PR Director at Logan 

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Marketing and reports ttiat a high point 
for her this year was their opening of 
the Jazzland Theme Park in NO. One 
child is a second year law student at 
Villanova. Betsie had just returned from 
visiting another, a freshman at 
Clemson Univ Jane McCutchen 
McFaddin. Barclay and one of their 
sons came from Charleston to see her. 
Betsie is still bicycling and finished 
another 150-mile ride. Laurie Morris, a 
firm believer in mid-life changes, 
became a reading specialist 5 years 
ago and loves it. Daughter Cynthia 
graduates from hs in 2001; Stephanie 
is a junior at Smith. Nan Robertson 
C\atke reports that the Clarke nest is 
emptying with Boo. a senior at 
Dartmouth, and Toby, a freshman at 
Princeton. Jenny Stoclcweii Ferguson's 
son, Ian, was head of the orientation 
camping trips! The empty nest is in 
sight with Charlie, a hs senior and 
Robbie, a hs junior Nan wonders if 
there is a career based on her ability to 
yell at people to fill out their college 
applications. Nan also does volunteer 
work, much of which involves writing. 
Hal is an attorney at First Union. 
Sandie Schwartz Tropper and Peter 
went to Italy to celebrate their 25" 
anniversary. His business takes him 
around the world: India. Bangladesh. 
Indonesia and a retreat in Katmandu. 
Sandie's art business is going well and 
she does fine art appraisal. She was 
elected recently to the American 
Society of Appraiser's national commit- 
tee that deals with personal property. 
Renee Sterling works at Citigroup and 
Salomon Barney and got 2°° VP-invest- 
ments last year She described this to 
her 7-yr. old nephew as "getting a real- 
ly good report card." He then asked if 
she would be president next year! 
Renee skiied at Aspen and Jackson 
Hole last winter and hopes to add 
Snowbird this winter Carol Stewart 
Harper and Doug are in Virginia Beach 
and recently bought a house in Duck. 
NC. Alison is in grad school studying 
speech pathology and Elizabeth is a hs 
senior hoping to go to UVA. Carol is 
celebrating being free of breast cancer 
for 3+ years Kathy Waters Marsliall 
and Lawson publish two weekly news- 
papers in VA. Their daughter Jessie is 
teaching in Henrico Cty. VA and is get- 
ting married in July. 2001. Laura is in 
her 3" year of a five year teaching pro- 
gram at VA Tech earning a Master's 
and John is a hs senior Debi Ziegler 
Hopkins wrote that she was on her 
way to an SBC "suite" reunion with 
Jane Potts. Betsy Perry and Terry 
Christovlch Gay. Debi is in "survival 
mode" with 2 teenage sons "for which 
SBC did not prepare me!" Debbie 
Pollock Arce returned to work full time 
last April after 9 1/2 years to her for- 
mer job as VP-Finance of ImageBuilder 
Software. Their kids are doing very 
well. Reed in 4" grade. Ross in 7*^. and 
Cory a freshman in HS getting her dri- 
ver's permit. The family had a trip to 
Cabo San Lucas last March with 

Debbie's Dad and his wife, who also 
spent the month of August with them. 
Debbie's Dad. who is 80. has cancer. 
"He is doing remarkably well, all things 
considered, but we are all aware that 
his time is limited. Thankfully, he is 
just as mentally alert as ever and we 
have become a lot closer over the past 
several years." 

And I. Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin. 
am enjoying my second year as assis- 
tant dean of students at Milton 
Academy. With our youngest, 
Christopher, having graduated and 
attending Cornell, I am breathing more 
easily knowing that it will not be my 
child facing me on our discipline com- 
mittee. Alexa is finishing college locally 
at Bridgewater State and is working 
part-time at Milton Academy's Lower 
School. Blake is a senior at Yale and 
will finish with a BA and a Masters in 
History. Bob is on sabbatical and 
busier than ever doing independent 
college counseling and working with 
students who are taking a year off. We. 
too. celebrated our 25'" anniversary this 
summer! My best to all of you. Keep in 
touch until our 30'" reunion in 2003. 


President: Marcia Brandenburg 

Secretary: Edie McRee Whiteman 
Fund Agents: Sandra Taylor & IVIary 

Bush Norwood 

The turning of the millennium has 
been eventful for our class at "mid-life" 
— five of us have married or become 
engaged! A large number of our off- 
spring have embarked on college life. 
Several of us are entering into new 
careers, or our spouses are, or we are 
moving households or remodeling or 
building homes. Elizabeth Andrews 
Watts' children, Rob and Betsy, are 
both at U.Va. now and are enjoying life 
in Charlottesville. She and Bobby stay 
busy at Episcopal High, where he has 
returned to teaching and coaching and 
Elizabeth still works in development. 

Ellie Plowden Boyd joined a mini- 
reunion of '74'ers in Sept. 00 for a 
Rehobeth Beach weekend arranged by 
Jane Hutcherson Frierson Emory 
Furniss Maxwell. Rulhie Willingham 
Lentz Barbara Ashton Nicol. and Edie 
McRee Whiteman also were there. All 
the Boyds spent Christmas at the 
famous Von Trapp Lodge in New 
England and enjoyed great skiing, food 
and sing-alongs with the Von Trapp 
children. Ellie's husband Doug and 
oldest son Clayton will be in Virginia 
for the annual Boy Scouts Jamboree in 
summer '00. (18 Hunters Ridge Road. 
Southbury.CT 06488-1876) 

Mary Lee Burch Doering sends 
greetings from Ohio where they moved 
to Cleveland last February, alighting in 
a Georgian colonial in Shaker Heights. 
Mary Lee resigned her teaching posi- 

tion before moving. Her daughter 
Deanna begins kindergarten in the fall, 
and Grant (18) graduated the previous 
spring. She wonders who might be in 
Cleveland from SBC '71-74? (3635 
Rawnsdale Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 

Kelly Borrowman Slobodian has 
lived in Binghamton. New York for over 
ten years, and has 3 sons. 17. 15. and 
11. She ferries them between lacrosse, 
football and soccer matches. Kelly con- 
tinues to be active with Peace Corps 
programs (she spent '74-'77 in Japan), 
speaking in local schools and alterna- 
tive high schools, while her husband 
works with Universal Instruments. 
Their family enjoys snowboarding and 
skiing in their Vermont house. (1 01 
Chalburn Rd., Vestal, NY 13850) Susie 
Fitzgerald Carter still is in Atlanta, and 
was married to John Carter on 
December 2. 2000! John is president 
of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and 
now Susie has a houseful: Kate (18. 
who is going to Davidson next year) 
Lily (almost 16. in the ninth grade) two 
cats and a dog! Susie has not had chil- 
dren before, and her new husband 
merely says. "Well, there's a lot going 
on all the time!" Susie still consults for 
Agnes Scotf College on planned giving, 
and with several other not-for-profit 
organizations in Atlanta. 04-378-4746 

Laurie Epstein has returned to 
Lake Forest, where she and her fiance, 
John Dearlove, have purchased a home 
they are rehabbing. Laurie received her 
engagement ring, hidden in a red rose, 
at the Lake Forest Symphony Gala last 
Nov. and her wedding will be Sept. 15. 
with Wanda Cronic Howell having the 
bridesmaids' luncheon. Laurie will be a 
stepmom to John's children. Jennifer 
(22), Jessica (19). Brady (9). and John 
(8). (831 S. Hunt Lane. Lake Forest. IL 
60045) Another bride is Meredith 
Thompson Sullivan, who married John 
Sullivan last July after Meredith's brief 
move back to Houston. SBC friends Jo 
Ellen Lenoir Blunk ('75) and 74'ers 
Tricia Barnett Greenberg and Rossie 
Ray Spell attended the wedding. 
Meredith and John live now in 
Livingston. Montana and hope to see 
friends at the SBC Centennial. (PO. 
Box 1283, Livingston, MT 59047) 

Barbara Hansen Smith has been in 
Jacksonville. FL for ten years. Bill is an 
anesthesiologist in private practice. 
Their oldest. Kelly, is a second year 
student at U.Va.. majoring in history. A 
Tri-Delt, she is planning a junior year 
abroad in Florence. Italy. Elizabeth and 
Katherine are students at the Bolles 
School and play soccer. Caroline, the 
baby, is now seven and in first grade. 
Incredibly, she loves diving. Barb 
hopes this is just a passing fancy. She 
keeps up with Holly Hoffman Frazier. 
who lives in Lynchburg, and stays busy 
with all the usual things — car pools 
etc. ( 

This year Janice Renne Steffen 
and Jim bought the lot next door and 

they are working on the remodel plans 
to expand their house from 3400 sq. ft. 
to 7.000 sq. ft., after moving her office 
home the end of May. Jan began teach- 
ing AutoCAD. Business 
Communications 1, and architectural 
design classes at Brooks College in 
Long Beach. CA. She still designs and 
remodels homes and commercial 
buildings. Last summer she was in 
Atlanta. GA for the annual CSI 
Convention and Tall Club Pre Con and 
Convention, ( 
Barbara Ashton Nicol says her family 
is healthy and happy - which means a 
lot as she attended more funerals so 
far in 2001 than she did in all of 2000. 
Her highlight of the year was the trip to 
Rehoboth (don't tell Robert!). They 
also had a nice trip to Breckenridge 
with all four boys for New Year's. Barb 
is still at the Univ. of Alabama in the 
School of Social Work. Robinson grad- 
uates from high school this May and is 
going to Ga. Tech in the fall. Chris & 
Sage (both 20) are hanging in there 
and 'finding' themselves. Ben is the 
best 16-year-old around! Our 'high- 
light' will be a trip to Memphis in 
March to see Stars on Ice' with Scott 

Debbie Pelham Bigum and her 
husband are currently stationed at 
Langley Air Force Base. Virginia. Randy 
is Director of Requirements for the Air 
Force at ACC, and will retire this sum- 
mer They will be starting a new chap- 
ter in their lives. They have enjoyed 
two tours to Germany and one to 
Okinawa. Japan. Lindsay, their oldest 
daughter, will be a first year student at 
UVA in the fall of 2001 and their other 
daughter Courtney will be in the S" 
grade. They are heading out west this 
summer for a family vacation at a Dude 
Ranch in Wyoming and a week in Vail. 
Sherrie Snead McLeRoy moved to the 
Fort Worth area m June 2000 after 15 
years in Sherman, when Bill accepted a 
position heading development, market- 
ing, admissions, and alumni for a pri- 
vate school there. She does contract 
work for The Gladney Center (where 
we adopted Ann), writing the text and 
documenting artifacts for a new exhibit 
on the history of Gladney and its role 
in the American and international adop- 
tion movement, scheduled to open in 
late 2001. She is also revising a biog- 
raphy of Victorian horticulturist TV. 
Munson — "the man who saved the 
French vineyards" — which will be pub- 
lished late this year or early 2002 by 
the Wine Appreciation Guild. Ann, now 
in second grade, is very creative and 
talented in both art and piano but isn't 
any better at math than Sherrie was! 
They are headed to southern Spain in 
March for a vacation, and Sherrie will 
be back in the Sweet Briar area early in 
June for the 25'" anniversary of the 
Amherst County Historical Museum, 
where she was the first director Helen 
Travis left Fujitsu in Nov. '99. but now 
IS returning there to help with their 
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between she was office manager of a 
small legal search group in Manhattan. 
She cares for her parents (both 83!) on 
weekends, as they live within commut- 
ing distance on Long Island. Helen 
enjoys her two cats. Wanda Cronic 
Howell reports that adoption is now 
final for their daughter, Jessica, who 
attended our last reunion. They also 
have custody of Jessica's half-sister 
Nicole Ashley Selph. With the two girls, 
Wanda stays busy with preschool, 
kindergarten, ballet lessons, Daisy 
Scouts, Sunday school. Angel Choir, 
etc. Wanda's car dealership beats pre- 
vious sales records constantly. Her 
husband Lee handles advertising and 
public relations for both her and her 
dad's dealerships. She's looking for- 
ward to attending Laurie Epstein's wed- 
ding next fall. (1706 Quail Dr. Griffin, 
GA 30223) From Richmond Mary Witt 
Will has traveled to Myrtle Beach, New 
York City, Vermont, Washington, and to 
Chattanooga to check on her mother 
This winter Mary hits the slopes in 
Colorado with the R'mond Ski Club, 
and she and Fritz plan a trip to Italy 
next September Other than her won- 
derful travels. Mary says, "same jobs, 
same families." Mary and Sandra 
Taylor attended the Sweet Briar Day 
party which attracted over 50 alums, as 
well as a delightful party held at 
Virginia House last September. From 
out west in Phoenix. Mlmi Hill Wilk 
says she'll see Lou Weston Ralney and 
Rip at their annual spring get-together. 
Mimi's son. Beau, is a senior at Culver 
Military Academy, and has been 
accepted at Wittenberg University in 
Ohio. Her daughter Liz is a 10*grader 
at Culver Girls Academy. Relying on 
her SBC art history studies, Lauren 
Sherlock is starting a career as a per- 
sonal property appraiser after 24 years 
in travel and tourism. Her new career 
requires a rigorous accreditation 
process over the next two years. Now 
in her seventh year teaching at PS7 in 
Brooklyn. Checka Bobbin Delle cur- 
rently teaches kindergarten. Her daugh- 
ter Jaclyn is a high school senior and 
IS applying to colleges. Paul, Jr, her 
son, is an EMT for a hospital in 
Brooklyn. Checka's husband Paul jug- 
gles a law practice and limousine busi- 
ness. I hope some of our classmates 
can see Sarah Johnston Knoblauch's 
upcoming show of watercolors in July. 
She is an art and academic teacher 
(4th-6" grades) at Rutting Montessori 
School in Cleveland. She and her hus- 
band Michael will steal away from their 
children in February to ski in Utah. 
Sarah reports that Brendan is almost 
finished his Eagle Scout badge, Kelly is 
into soccer and lacrosse, and Evan 
plays soccer and baseball. 

I was fortunate to visit a few times 
with Eleanor Magruder Harris, while in 
Norfolk in '97-'98 at the Chrysler 
Museum. Her husband Sandy was on 
the board there then. Eleanor's two old- 
est boys, Greg and Ned, are at the 
University of Montana. Her other son 

Johnston is in the 7" grade. Eleanor 
spends her rare hours of spare time on 
the tennis court, after helping out at 
boys' school, the museum, the garden 
club, and with the city of Norfolk. 
Janie Reeb Chadwick joyfully sends 
the news of her engagement to 
Winthrop (Win) Allen Short, Jr„ 
Princeton Class of 1968!! Win gave 
Janie a ring in November, and they 
plan to wed Memorial Day Weekend 
2001 . They will retain their houses - 
staying "in town" (Norfolk) during the 
week, and in Virginia Beach (on 75'" 
Street) on weekends - what a life! ! 
Win is an attorney and Janie continues 
as a broker with Paine Webber, some- 
times m collusion with her sister Molly 
Reeb Nissman '77 Winton Smoot 
Holladay sent lots of news - on her 
27" Anniversary!!! She notes that she 
had just turned 21 when married (her 
oldest daughter is 22 now), after taking 
seven courses her last semester at 
SBC and planning a wedding for 500- 
plus. Her husband. Hap, is still in real 
estate developing and has the good 
fortune to still have his father, 81, 
working with him. Brook, their oldest 
should be a senior, but took a year and 
a half off and has transferred from 
Lehigh to San Diego State, very happi- 
ly. Jessie loves being a sophomore at 
Vanderbilt, and is making plans to 
spend junior year abroad (Spain, Italy, 
or New Zealand). The boys are in high 
school at Landon (9'"and 12"'grades). 
Fitz, a senior, is interested in studio art, 
although he wants a liberal arts school, 
and has applied to Davidson, Wake 
Forest, U.N.C, and the University of 
Texas. Winton is active at Holton-Arms 
(a trustee) even though her girls have 
graduated, and, like Sweet Briar, they 
are celebrating a Centennial. After time 
off from the Women's Museum, she is 
becoming re-involved there. Winton 
was sorry to miss our last reunion. She 
often sees several SBC'ers who left 
before graduating — Cathy Williams 
Sullivan, Fuzzy Pownall Billings, 
Debbie Camalier Walker and Cindy 
Craighill Archer — and at the holidays 
hears from Marsha Phillips Smith, 
Wanda Cronic Howell, and Debbie 

This year is bringing some big 
changes to Blaine Converse's life, as 
she's decided to leave the film busi- 
ness and LA behind and relocate to 
Charloftesville, Virginia. "It's a city I 
have always loved and have decided to 
live where I choose rather than letting 
the work dictate the location. So I will 
arrive there at the end of March and 
see what career opportunities present 
themselves. Wish me luck. As for my 
recent activities, I spent four months 
on location in Vancouver working on a 
family film for Warner Bros, entitled 
(tentatively) "Like Cats and Dogs." It 
starred Jeff Goldblum. Elizabeth 
Perkins and 113 canines and felines. 
Quite challenging. Vancouver was 
beautiful — my first time there. The film 
will be released Memorial Day weekend 

and, as always, I have no idea whether 
it will be good or not. Hopefully the 
kids will like it. That's it for me. I hope 
to be able to attend the next reunion 
now that I will be on the right' side of 
the country." Lynn Watson Norfleet 
reports that the Sweet Briar Club of 
Fredericksburg celebrated Sweet Briar 
Day with a lecture and luncheon for 
graduates from the Northern Neck, and 
a couple of prospective students 
attended. No one else from '74 lives 
near Lynn, but she enjoyed meeting so 
many new faces with which she had 
SBC in common. The news from Liz 
Thomas Camp indicates a year of 
highs and lows. Her son, Harry, had 
many graduation parties, and the 
Newnan community rallied to award 
him some local "merit" scholarships 
for his entrance into Dartmouth last 
fall. The grad had accompanying "grad- 
uation trips" to every beach in the 
Southeast, and then The Dordogne. 
The Camps' 3000 acre family farm was 
named a "megasite" by the Georgia 
guv. Liz's daughter, the family artist, 
Sophie, is a freshman at Newnan High. 
She's on the volleyball team, takes bal- 
let and continues the art lessons. Liz 
does church work, yard work, and 
brain work — taking a class on the Old 
Testament— and is an Elder at Newnan 
Presbyterian. Her husband Jack had a 
bicycle accident but is doing fine now. 
Liz saw Barb Ashton Nicol & Robert 
for the graduation parties and had a 
visit with Emory Furniss Maxwell and 
Charles when they came through fol- 
lowing the high school reunion in 
Selma. She also talks to and sees Ellie 
Plowden Boyd regularly on her trips 
south. Over the holidays Liz saw 
Ruthie Willingham Lentz in her lovely 
home in Memphis and Ann Pritchetl 
Van Horn, when they had a stopover in 
New Orleans. From our nation's capital 
Jane Hutcherson Frierson reports 
plans to meet Ann Smith in the Big 
Apple for St. Patrick's weekend to see 
shows and shop! Her 18-year old, 
Laurence, is a freshman at William and 
Mary. She continues as project manag- 
er (just got a promotion!) at Logicon at 
the CIA. plus organizes the SBC'ers as 
president of the Washington. DC. 
alumnae club. President Muhlenfeld 
spoke at their Sweet Briar Day brunch 
in January. Jane's well-organized mini- 
reunion at Rehobeth Beach was a 
delightful end-of-summer respite for 
Emory, Ruthie, Ellie, Barb, and Edie. 
Andria Francis says her daughter 
Ashleigh is a junior at York, a private 
high school. She still plays flute in the 
concert band and orchestra, is an edi- 
tor on the yearbook, and active with 
Softball, ballet, and Girl Scouts. Like 
other 15 turning 16 year-olds, she got 
her driving permit, and Andria looks 
forward to resigning from chaufteuring 
duty. Andria continues supervising 
development of educational achieve- 
ment tests at CTB/McGraw-Hill. includ- 
ing a second edition of TerraNova. Last 
summer was spent college shopping 

(Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Wellesley). 
While in the area they had a birthday 
(Marcia's) dinner with Marcia 
Brandenburg Martinson at her South 
Weymouth home, and had many 
laughs about SBC times. Andria and 
Ashleigh plan a cruise in summer 
2001. Cathy Weiss Thompson, her two 
children, and Christine Weiss Pfell 
and her two children were in France 
last summer with their mother. Cathy 
continues as acting director of the 
Shenandoah Valley Community 
Residences in Winchester, Virginia. 
Christine just completed sixteen years 
as a member of the board of trustees 
of Lake Ridge Academy, from which 
she and Cathy graduated, and where 
Christine's two children aftend school. 
She still works at the Cleveland 
Museum of Natural History, and con- 
tinues as the ladies' sailing champion 
of the Cleveland Yachting Club. We 
have a high-ranking officer in our 
midst! Sally Brice O'Hara was pro- 
moted to Rear Admiral, only the third 
woman to achieve this rank in the 
Coast Guard's history. She will move in 
July to Washington, D.C. to become 
the director of personnel management, 
overseeing a myriad of human 
resource duties for the Coast Guard. 
Her husband. Bob, now teaches high 
school physics and chemistry at a 
school in Cape May, NJ. He'll be job- 
hunting in the Alexandria area where 
the O'Haras plan to reside. Sally and 
Bob have one son in high school and 
one in college. Nancy Mortensen Piper 
stays busy with her two daughters and 
her work for the House of 
Representatives Committee on Small 
Business, chaired by Don Manzuiko of 
Illinois. Kate (13) is in 7" grade at 
Capital Hill Day School, and plays b'ball 
and squash. Last summer she traveled 
to Australia. Elizabeth (4) is at the 
House of Reps Child Care Center, her 
last year there. She started ballet and 
loves it. Nancy's husband. Chris, start- 
ed a new job in January, with CITI, on 
a contract for the Department of State. 
Nancy sees other DC'ers Jane 
Hutcherson Frierson. Sharon Mangus. 
Cindy Conroy. and Linda Kemp Yet 
another wedding for our class! 
Penelope Lagakos is engaged to 
Andrei Constantinidi, who is a mechan- 
ical engineer with a chemical company 
in Delaware. They will stay in the 
Chadds Ford, PA area. Penelope will 
start her own business, Penelope 
Lagakos Fine Art, specializing in 
American paintings. Paula 
Hollingsworth Thomas' husband. 
Charles, has a new career He was 
ordained as a Presbyterian minister 
last May Susan Stephens Geyer used 
all the space on her postcard! The 
Geyers did remodeling in a big way, 
over 15 months. They moved back into 
their home last August. Mark. Susan's 
husband, also has a new dental office. 
Susan's oldest, Stewart, is a sopho- 
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loves Austin. Julia is enjoying her high 
school senior year, and has applied to 
four colleges. She had to quit tennis 
after an injury last year, but continues 
with art and piano. However, Edward is 
the most focused musician, involved in 
both piano and choir. He's a high 
school sophomore and loves sports, 
too. Susan is a bible study fellowship 
leader, does substitute teaching in art, 
and is involved with the SBC Club. The 
family goes to Colorado 2-3 times 
annually, and Edward spends his 8" 
summer at camp this year Julia has 
done mission trips to Peru the last two 
summers, and Susan enjoyed mom- 
son time alone with Stewart visiting 
spots in England, Scotland, and France 
last summer. Lee Warren also made a 
major life change when she decided to 
return to school after 26 years! She 
attends seminary full-time at Duke, 
commuting 75 miles one way, 3-4 days 
a week. Lee has found college at mid- 
life to be demanding. She has been 
serious about her studies, "unlike my 
years at SBC," and reports straight A's. 
Go Lee! After attending licensing in 
May, Lee expects to assume a part- 
time position as pastor of a United 
IVlethodist Church near South Hill - 
until she receives her IVl.Div. degree. 
Big changes also for Ruthie 
Willingham Lentz, who opened a new 
office for IJL Wachovia in Memphis 
last October with nine other former 
colleagues, after 14 years with JC 
Bradford and a painful merger with 
PaineWebber, She notes that it must be 
fate, since her great-grandfather Fries 
started Wachovia Bank & Trust in the 
late 1800's. She'll visit Robin Christian 
Ryan on a Boston business trip this 
spring. Ruthie claims son David is 
enjoying his sophomore year at Wake 
Forest, pursuing a business major 
"with electives in the Theta Chi school 
of wine, women, and song!" Ruthie will 
join David in Vienna next August, when 
he begins a semester abroad, and then 
will join friends for a week in Provence. 
I was lucky to see Robin in Richmond 
last summer on two occasions - at a 
St. Catherine's get-together and when 
her parents had a cocktail party for 
friends. My big news is that I too have 
"fallen in love" at mid-life - with my 
high-school honey, Barney Bowles. 
Last August we connected at a 30'" 
reunion of our hometown high school 
friends. The last time we dated was 
during my SBC freshman year, when 
he was at Randolph-Macon! Barney is 
a creative art director involved in multi- 
media and the Northern Virginia 
web/high tech scene, so I'm exploring 
career options in the DC area for a 
potential move next summer, when my 
youngest enters high school. Over the 
last year I've been transitioning career- 
wise — leaving fundraising after 10 
years (most recently at Randolph- 
Macon, oddly enough), and am doing 
marketing and communications proj- 
ects. Barney enjoys going to art muse- 
ums with me — what a novel concept in 

a relationship with a guy! My oldest 
son, Jamie, is a freshman at 
Washington & Lee, and |ust pledged 
Kappa Sigma fraternity. He wants to 
major in economics, but is studying 
Spanish to assure a junior year abroad 
there. Jamie spends summers with his 
Whiteman grandparents at Martha's 
Vineyard, working and playing tennis. 
My younger son, Alex, is 14, and is fin- 
ishing his last year at Riverside School. 
An accomplished soccer player, he is 
just taking up basketball, and spends 
time with our dachshund puppy. Chili. 
- Edie McRee Whiteman 


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Secretary: Deborah Mutch Olander 
Fund Agents: Cissy Humphrey, Gail 

Ann Zarwell Winkler and Janet 

Durham Sam 

Our last set of class notes before 
our 25'" Reunion in May! Hopefully 
these newsy tidbits will whet your 
appetite for some "up close and per- 
sonal" catching up back at the Patch. I 
am writing these notes from "ground 
zero," Tallahassee FL where CNN and 
ma|or network news crews have invad- 
ed this otherwise sleepy, hung-over, 
football-crazed town in the aftermath of 
our Presidential non-election. Your 
news IS far more interesting. Karen 
Adelson Strauss (Winnetka, IL) "trans- 
forms executives into calm, articulate 
spokespeople," trains for cross-coun- 
try skiing with Luke (16), rides with 
Jennie (14), and bikes with Andrea (8). 
All are healthy and headed to Hawaii 
for Christmas Kari Anderson Shipley 
(Delray Beach, FL) celebrated her 23" 
wedding anniversary at the "Shipley 
Hotel, Restaurant, Zoo, & Parking Lot." 
She continues to be active with volun- 
teering (hospitals, schools. Historical 
Society, Nature Center), her sons' 
sports (soccer, tennis, golf), and her 
own art classes and painting. Caroline 
Bickel McLoughlin (Washington, DC.) 
represents Dunollie Looms (a high end 
line of women's knitwear), coaches 
boys' soccer, and plays "too much ten- 
nis, paddle tennis & golf." She started 
an investment club with 19 other 
women and is also active in the garden 
club. Caroline traveled last year to 
Hyannis Port, Ireland, and France. 
Carrlngton Brown Wise (Richmond) 
teaches music to lower-school boys at 
St. Christopher's. Henry (18) plans to 
attend VMI. Anne Churchman (16) is 
considering SBC, Elizabeth (12) "is an 
accident-prone jock, & Margaret (10) 
tries everything Elizabeth does but has 
more commonsense & doesn't get 
hurt." Husband Alex is involved with 
Virginia and National historic projects. 
After 4 years with BMC Software Becky 
Burt (Houston) now specializes in 
email systems for Bindview 
Development. She continues to pour 
big bucks into her "money pit " of an 

old house, gave up Softball after a 
nasty collision at home plate, and treks 
yearly to Santa Fe to purchase Native 
American jewelry for her side business. 
Silver Moon Traders 
(<>). Actually, 
Becky goes to NM to feed her "green 
chile addiction." Chris Carr Dykstra 
(Auburn) reports that daughter Susan 
has applied to UNC-Chapel Hill. Chris 
continues with pony club activities; her 
research project this year is an investi- 
gation of the Leishmania problem in 
foxhounds. (I expect to find out what 
this is when Chris rolls through 
Tallahassee for Thanksgiving!) 
According to Melanie Coyne Cody 
(Winnetka, IL), "Things are wildly busy 
at our house. I'm working 4 days a 
week: juggling volunteer commitments 
at church, at 2 high schools, and in the 
community." There has been time for 
trips to Ocracoke Island "to eat, beach, 
bike, and swat mosquitoes," Green 
Lake, Wl, Chicago, and Paris ("I have 
to keep pinching myself . . . Life is 
good ") Teesie Costello Howell writes, 
"The years tumble by so fast, it's hard 
for me to believe I have a teenager- 
Jackson IS 13 and taller than I am, with 
his sister, Suzannah (9) catching up on 
me!" Teesie and Chris will celebrate 
their 24'" anniversary in June. Jean 
Dailey (Greensboro) opened her own 
herb shop four years ago after a career 
with Roche Pharmaceutical. She's pur- 
suing "Carolyn Myss medical intuitive" 
work and finds it very rewarding. Liz 
Farmer Jarvis (Philadelphia) is "still 
working as a freelance curator, and did 
an exhibit last year for Philadelphia's 
history museum." Liz also sets up col- 
lections cataloging systems for small 
historical institutions and needs her 
"tennis fix a few times a week." She 
reports that Holly Weaver Kenreich 
(Savannah) is an accountant for a 
building firm, and that Jill Wentorf 
Wright (Old Chatham, NY) "is in her 
last year studying landscape design 
and has already had a few clients."' Liz 
is looking forward to seeing SBC "'pals 
at our 25'" so we can all see how much 
BETTER we have gotten!"" Amen to 
that. Carol Fiske Piatt (Jacksonville) is 
an office manager for an Internist. Her 
oldest daughter graduates from 
Princeton in June, second daughter is 
a freshman at Auburn, and the 
youngest |ust started high school, 
Carol, Harry, and girls plan 
Thanksgiving in NYC: she says "Life is 
good — we"ve been very blessed." 
Demi Georgis Lathrop (San Francisco) 
has moved twice in the two years since 
she remarried. She reports being "sur- 
rounded by boxes, wonderful contrac- 
tors & carpenters who are building a 
library for us"" so that she can ""finally 
unpack book boxes after 20 years."" Her 
5 children keep her busy; the family 
vacationed with Demi"s parents and 
brothers in the Greek Islands last sum- 
mer. Keedie Grones Leonard 
(Middlebrook, VA) likes being a stay- 
at-home mom for Cole (4) and Isabelle 

(2). She lives in a "beautiful, but isolat- 
ed area" so spends "a lot of time on 
the road,"" Judging from the postcard, 
Keedie is driving all over the place just 
to visit SBC friends (she lists about 
eight people — and would have listed 
more if there had been room, I bet). 
**A special note** from Melanie 
Holland Rice (Virginia Beach): "Three 
years ago 1 started a nonprofit organi- 
zation with a beautification project at 
the 47'" Street public access to the 
beach called Buff"s Garden, after a 
friend who passed away from breast 
cancer. This special garden by the sea 
IS a cancer awareness site dedicated to 
friends and family whose lives have 
been touched by cancer In partnership 
with Coastal Video we have produced 
'The Real Deal ... The Truth About 
Breast Cancer," a video for teens, mar- 
keted nationally by Coastal, donated 
locally by the Buff Foundation. Parents" 
Choice has just awarded us the silver 
honor for this video! Come visit the 
garden if you are in Virginia Beach and 
remember to get your mammograms." 
Cissy Humphrey (Dallas) is working 
fulltime for AT&T after 3 years of temp- 
ing. AT&T has sent her back to school 
at SMU for a nine-week class for new 
managers and supervisors, which she 
finds nerve-wracking! Cissy continues 
to facilitate a grief recovery group for a 
local church and has started a website 
(Seasons of to help families 
ease loved ones into appropriate nurs- 
ing/assisted living facilities. Robin 
Imschwailer (Kinderhook, NY) reports 
"'major changes." She moved from GA 
to NY recently, and now lives with her 
sister, nephew and grandmother Robin 
also has a new career; teaching dance 
(ballroom and latin) at Arthur Murray. 
Ainslee Jones Uhl (Raleigh) writes. "'I, 
at long last, have our fourth child in 
school from 8 to 3 — glorious after 12 
years of having only 3 hours/day to 
myself. Of course our children are the 
most wonderful, interesting people I 
know, it"s simply time for me to pay a 
bit of attention to myself. I still pursue 
photography, keep intellectually in tune 
through participating on the Board of 
the NC Museum of Art, the Museum 
Council and the Raleigh Fine Arts 
Society " Norris Judd Fergeson moved 
from Houston to Corpus Christ! with 
Grant and the girls: "No traffic, no air 
pollution— I can put up with this! We 
are learning how to sail!"' Lynn Kahler 
Rogerson (Houston) writes, "Olivia is 
the light of my life: I have learned 
(rather late in life) all that motherhood 
brings — music classes and weekend 
child-friendly outings — in addition to 
my work organizing art exhibitions. I 
love the motherhood part the best!" 
Kate Kelly Smith (NYC) is the associ- 
ate publisher of House Beautiful maga- 
zine. She continues to reconnect with 
all of her SBC classmates while travel- 
ing around the country for the maga- 
zine, especially the gang in Charlotte. 
Ann Kiley Crenshaw (Winchester, VA) 
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be in transit almost all the time — soc- 
cer, etc.! My practice is busy and I 
seem to be on the road with it as 
well — and then there is the volunteer 
stuff! Just like the rest of us 76ers!" 
Laurie Lenkel (Ft. Lee, NJ) spends 
time between home (weekends) and 
job at the Food and Drug 
Administration outside Washington 
DC. Margot Mahoney Budin (Chevy 
Chase) was three weeks away (as of 
her writing) of delivering twins — a boy 
and a girl. She, husband and daughter 
(Michelle, 4) are thrilled. "If someone 
had told me this 25 years ago, I would 
never have believed — twins at my age! 
Look for a profile about Debbie 
IVIassie Thurman (Madison Heights) in 
an upcoming issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine. She relocated last year from 
the west coast to within a stone's 
throw of the Patch, and has |ust seen 
her first book published (From 
Depression to Wholeness: The 
Anatomy of Healing). The companion 
volume will join it: Journaling From 
Depression to Wholeness: A 12-Week 
Program for Healing. Debbie has 
become a lay counselor and now goes 
on speaking tours throughout the 
country to promote the books. Sally 
Old Kilchin (Virginia Beach) has a 
daughter in SBC's freshman class! 
Look out!!! Mariah is playing field 
hockey for the pink and green! Connie 
Radford Butler (Louisville) says, 
"Strange how my children continue to 
age (and I don't!!). Daughter Austin is 
a freshman at the U. of 
Colorado/Boulder (couldn't sell her on 
SBC!) " and Robert is a freshman in 
high school. "I get my fix of little ones 
by continuing to teach preschool." 
Robin Rodger Heller (Detroit) sent a 
"still life": "still retired,' still married 
with 2 children, still completing my 
year as President of Junior League of 
Detroit." Robin and family spent the 
summer living on their sailboat 
("Celebration") and the kids were 
active at the Detroit Yacht Club (Bill III 
won his first regatta). Sharon Ruvane 
(Stowe, VT) started a private practice 
in speech language pathology last July 
and was filled up with clients within 3 
weeks! Daughter Gretchen is a junior 
at Choate Rosemary Hall in CR, and 
Harry is in 9'" grade at the Cardigan Mt. 
School in Canaan, NH. Sharon vaca- 
tioned in Ireland last fall, cycling over 
100 miles in 7 days. Meg Shields 
Duke (Denver) has been active with 
reunion planning and Western Regional 
Alumnae Board activities. Meg has 
been busy with event-planning and 
arranging a '01 Colorado Centennial 
colloquium she hopes will feature 
SBC's Carter Glass Government 
Professor, Barbara Perry (topic: the 
Supreme Court in the new administra- 
tion). Meg was off to Tuscany last 
October with Mary Beth Hamlin and 
the rest of the Alumnae College trip- 
sters Ginna Spangler Polley (Lookout 
Mtn., TN) and son David remain 
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Saddlebreds. Having a 7th-grader, vol- 
unteering, and singing in the choir 
keep her busy. The Polleys plan a 
Christmas safari in Tanzania. For those 
of you who missed this momentous 
news. Marsha Taylor Horton and 
Bobby (Dover, DE) are the proud par- 
ents of Samuel James, born 22 
October 1999. She says, "At first it was 
wonderful but oh so tiring! I am not 
used to not getting my sleep . . . Mow 
he's trying to walk and talk and getting 
into everything! This is definitely a suc- 
cessful exercise plan!" Marsha is con- 
sulting and doing some teaching, but 
her primary job is "Mommy, and I love 
it!" Peach Weiler Thiess (Pittsburgh), 
hubby Ken (an attorney for National 
City (3orp) and two children (Alexander, 
13 and Natalie, 9) are doing well in PA. 
Peach enjoys "the easy life by garden- 
ing, social activities, and taking it 
easy " Peyton White Lumpkin (Miami) 
is a research psychologist at the 
University of Miami School of 
Medicine's department of psychiatry, 
and has a small private practice on the 
side. She works with adolescents who 
have internalizing disorders (depres- 
sion and anxiety). Her major diversion 
is going to the Bahamas with Tom, Alix 
(17) and Tommy (14) on the family 
boat (the De Bord Dieu — "which is 
what it feels like when you are out 
there in that magnificence"). Mary 
Woodford (Chevy Chase) is nearing her 
2"° wedding anniversary and says, 
"Everything is great! The worst fear of 
marrying later rather than sooner is 
that we're all too set in our ways to 
adjust . . . Once I got over the shock of 
learning that Jim prefers to dump all 
the broth into the soup pot at once 
when making risotto, and I follow the 
recipe which says 1/2 cup at a time, 
things have been great." In other 
news, "Who'da thunk it — I'm loving 
learning to play golf!" I now find 
myself about to enter my third year in 
the Ph.D program in Historical 
Musicology as well as my third year in 
the M.A program in Creative Writing 
with emphasis in nonfiction. This 
means that I'll be writing a dissertation 
and a thesis simultaneously. I'm teach- 
ing full time in FSU's First-Year Writing 
program (I swore I would never teach, 
but I love it), and working one-third 
time in the School of Music annotator 
programs for the University Symphony 
Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and 
Philharmonia. In my spare time (ha!) I 
tutor a doctoral piano performance 
ma|or on research methods and writing 
for her treatise (she is Japanese). I've 
had some poetry published, and an 
essay is forthcoming next year. I've 
also managed to show up for classes 
at the appointed times, which seems 


President: Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn 
Secretary: Sally Bonham Mohle 
Fund Agents: Janet Myers Deans & 
Peggy Haley Sheehan 

Vera Blake Thiers writes from 
Germany that she still works as a 
regional leader for EF Au Pair, respon- 
sible for several states: she also does 
translations on a free-lance basis. She 
says a real plus in her mid-life has 
been her horse, a real all-rounder who 
does dressage, jumps, hunts and 
drives. She now has her driver's 
license for one and two in hand and 
has done various parades, shows and 
country drives with her marathon car- 
riage. The children: Paul (13) is into 
field hockey, choir and the trumpet: 
Kate (15) is into boys, make-up, 
clothes and sleeping in ... . Imagine 
that! Vera says. Gerd continues to 
slave away in his practice and dreams 
of early retirement. They moved this 
summer and now have more place for 
visitors, so call her if you're going to 
be in Germany. Lola Brock Meakin 
writes from England that she works 
nearly full time at a designer clothes 
shop, James is 14 and Edward 12 — 
she says they are both great boys. 
Jeremy still works as a dealer on the 
London Metal Exchange (futures mar- 
ket). They were in Miami for Christmas 
but she says at Easter they'll be freez- 
ing on the beach in Cornwall. Their 
summer vacation will be in Spain and 
France. Elvira Cash Pecora and family 
are well in Chapel Hill, l\IC. She is 
teaching K-1 and French at a private 
school in Durham and is really having 
fun. Their boys, Kent (12) and Greg 
(15) entered 6" and 9" grades and have 
continued playing soccer. Kent tried 
cross-country and Greg tried Lacrosse, 
but soccer is still their first love. Chip 
resigned from Qualex after eight years 
and is a Mr. Mom as of 1/1/01 while he 
looked for new challenges with less 
travel. Farnell Cowan has moved to 
the Washington, DC area after 22 years 
in Boston and says she is glad she 
made the move. She is working for the 
U.S. Dept of the Treasury, Oftice of 
Foreign Assets Control. Ann 
Crossingham Cannon has seven res- 
cued dogs and is chairman of the hos- 
pital foundation. She's doing volunteer 
work, showing her saddlebred. 
Husband Bill is busy with his various 
businesses which enables wife, daugh- 
ter and son to show their horses. 
Daughter Leslie is a junior psychology 
major at Queens College and shows a 
three-gaited mare. Son Will is 18, vol- 
unteer fireman, EMT and senior in H.S. 
He won his 3"' world championship in 
Louisville, KY with his five-gaited geld- 
ing. Mary Greaves Hodge says the 
kids are happy and healthy. Caroline is 
in 5'" grade and into ballet: Chase is in 
3" grade and into karate and golf and 
Lissy is in 1" grade and into reading. 

drawing and tennis. Charlie is working 
way too hard. Mary is still volunteer- 
ing, doing Mom-things and loving it all. 
Cynthia Kendree Thieringer is in Long 
Valley, NJ. Now that kids Kendree (17). 
Kiley (15), Sawyer (10) and Charlie (7) 
are a little older, she's gone back to 
work full time as a 5'"grade teacher of 
the gifted in math and science. She left 
her seat as school board president last 
April but hopes to hold that position 
again in the future. Their college search 
for Kendree reminds Cynthia of all the 
great times we had at SBC! Debbie 
Koss McCarthy writes from Chapel Hill, 
NIC, that she's been up to her ears in 
work— she is director of a small non- 
profit called the Augustine Project that 
trains Orton-Gillingham tutors to pro- 
vide free, long-term, one-on-one 
instruction in reading, writing and 
spelling to low income, learning-dis- 
abled children and teens in Durham 
(NC) and Orange Counties. She says, 
"It's a wonderful ministry to the 'least 
of these'" and she loves it. They are 
always looking for funding, though, so 
if anyone has thousands of $$$ they 
want to donate, please contact Debbie! 
She also says that David, Courtney and 
Alex are fine. Courtney spent seven 
months in Australia doing an internship 
at The Olympics and studying at the 
Univ. of Wollongong. Alex is a junior in 
H.S,, and is busy with honors classes 
and three sports, Phooi Ching Lai says 
that January is a busy month in 
Singapore — the new school year starts, 
then stops for Chinese New Year. Her 
family will be in Malaysia to be with 
her 85- year old mother. Phooi's girls 
are now in the equivalent of Grades 7 
and 9, in schools that are trying new 
teaching methods in their never-ending 
quest to excel even more! Phooi's uni- 
versity is also introducing deep struc- 
tural change in determining salaries 
and broadening curriculum: her hus- 
band's hospital is doing the same. She 
is hoping for a quiet 2001 . Ebet Little 
Stevens says time is flying by, with Liz 
in IVgrade, Anne in 8'" and Rob in 3'". 
Ebet is still a computer technology 
headhunter and Bob still has his own 
healthcare marketing business. Becky 
Mayer Gutierrez reports from 
Shelburne Falls, MA, that she is teach- 
ing 5'" grade at Sheffield Elementary in 
Turners Falls. Sons George (16), 
Anthony (13) and Michael (10) keep 
her busy with their involvements in 
sports, school, looking for college, etc. 
Kate McElhinney Montgomery has 
been married since 1985 to Douglas 
Montgomery — they live in the San 
Francisco Bay area with Suzanne (13) 
and son Delano (9). Kate is in the film 
business, writing, directing and pro- 
ducing. She wrote, directed and pro- 
duced a film called "Christmas in the 
Clouds" that was selected to premiere 
at the Sundance Film Festival in 
January, 2001. It's a romantic comedy 
of mistaken identity that stars a mostly 
Native American cast including Graham 
Greene, Sheila Tousey and Rita 

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Coolidge (who also contributed some 
great music). Gay Lynn Owens Gates 

and Bob moved to IVIiddletown. DE in 
Sept ct 2000 after Anderson Logistics 
tool< over Bob's company. Gay is busy 
as president of daughter Laurie's (11) 
PTA and as Lily's (6) Brownie leader, 
plus as chauffeur for both dance les- 
sons. They miss NJ but are adjusting 
to their new home. Molly Reeb 
NJssman says they are doing great in 
Virginia Beach. She and Harvey took a 
trip to Italy (sans children) and enjoyed 
getting away. Nancy is in her second 
year at Mary Washington College: 
Andrew is 8 and Matthew is 4. Fran 
Scott is enjoying life in Nashville, run- 
ning her business and being a mom to 
a pre-teen. She and son Zach (11) still 
have a common love of skiing, snow- 
boarding and cooking. Angela Scully is 
still painting in PA. Ellen Sellers 
McDowell says Rex's real estate /prop- 
erty management software company 
merged last year and is now called CTI 
in the REALM. Emily (15) spent the fall 
in Zermatt, Switzerland with a program 
through The Hockaday School called 
Swiss Semester She had a fabulous 
adventure and Rex and Ellen had a 
wonderful trip to Switzerland to see her 
for parent's weekend in October Ginny 
(13) completed her Girl Scout Silver 
Award in December. Mary Susan (11) 
is in the 5'" grade at The Hockaday 
School and one of her classmates is 
Hannah Brown, the daughter of Brianna 
Boswell Brown '82. Kate (9) loves to 
play soccer and basketball. "We all had 
a great weekend in Washington D.C. 
for the Inauguration of George Bush, 
the former Texas governor I continue 
to teach my cooking classes, work with 
Girls Scouts, and volunteer at the kids' 
schools. I have joined The Altar Guild 
at my church where Lisa Wray 
Longino '78 is training me." Beth 
Wade says the year 2000 was a tough 
year, since she was pregnant most of 
it, but the results were worth it — a son, 
Noel, was born in October His sister, 
Ellie (3) started Montessori School 
three hours a day in Sept and is having 
fun. Beth returned to work as a sales 
rep. for IBM in Jan — her territory is the 
US Treasury. Husband John sold off 
part of his consulting company in 
December, which was good news for 
all. Tricia Waters (Neer) says she is 
enjoying working part-time from home 
as Manager of Alexandria (VA) Choral 
Society. Still singing and book club- 
bing, too and is busy with Lucy (4'" 
grade) and Will (2"° grade). John is still 
a home renovation contractor in 
Alexandria; she saw Farnell Cowan 
who has relocated from Boston to 
Arlington Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn and 
family enjoyed trips to Canada, Tuscon, 
Naples, PL and LaJolla, CA: they just 
returned from a ski trip to Utah when 
she wrote. Clayton (14) enters H.S. in 
the fall. Clayton. Clifford (12) and twins 
Charlie and William (7) keep them- 
selves busy with lacrosse, football, 
hockey, baseball, soccer and golf, as 

well as skiing and snowboarding. She 
says their sports equipment has over- 
run the house. Vivian is approaching 
11 years as General Counsel at 
Chicago Underwriting Group, a sub- 
sidiary of Old Republic Insurance Co. 
Stuart is General Counsel at Web Street 
Securities, Inc. Vivian continues to 
serve on the SBC Alumnae Board as 
Region VII Chair and enjoys returning 
to campus twice yearly for board meet- 
ings. She also had a great visit with 
Keedie Grones Leonard (76) in Virginia 
last spring and dinner in NY with Libby 
White Drbal last winter And I. Sally 
Bonham Mohle, am coming out of two 
bad years, still fighting insomnia and 
depression, but finally in my father's 
former house, having sold our former 
house. Pete has been wonderful in all 
he's done in the past two years in help- 
ing to get Dad installed in and visited 
weekly at a retirement home, working 
on my stepmother's estate, moving us 
into Dad's house and dealing with me! 
As an aside, I must add that I'm thrilled 
I no longer have to edit everyone's 
notes into one sentence per person! 


President: Jeannine Elise Davis 

Secretary: Liz Swearingen Edens 
Fund Agents: Eithne Broderick Carlin 

& Kimberly Merin Wood Fuller 

Barbara Wesley Bagbey loved see- 
ing everyone at Reunion. "What a great 
class we have! Don't think I've laughed 
so hard in a long time!" Emily Cox 
Sinagra in Gloucester, MA says, "I am 
a writer, believe it or not, Mr Tamburr." 
Emily is married to a commercial fish- 
erman/artist and has three children; 
Dominique (11), Elena (5) and new 
baby boy Tristan. She'd love to hear 
from everyone — especially Betsy Helm 
and Tammy Bishop! Lillian Sinks 
Sweeney has just passed the anniver- 
sary of her retirement and is really 
enjoying being home with Taylor 
Having shifted to volunteer work, Lil is 
doing all sorts of things with Taylor's 
school — "I've been teaching pre-school 
(pretty funny), and am doing Meals on 
Wheels for our church. I hope to go on 
a medical mission trip to Honduras in 
June with some docs from church as 
well as other fellow Episcopalians. Life 
is good. It is nice to give back." Mimi 
Walch Doe has delivered her latest 
book to the publishers' and says 
"whew". Busy but Balanced is due out 
via St. Martin's Press in the tall of 
2001. Mimi is happy in Concord with 
Tom, Whitney (13) and Elizabeth (10). 
Jamie Beard Slegel just delivered her 
latest baby, according to Susan. Kemp, 
who had a great time at Reunion as 
well, is traveling with Anne Darden 
Self and Diana Tarrlde Palmer She is 
in Houston with Michelle (10), Ford (8) 
and Tricia (6). Cari Thompson 
Clemens is still teaching In Baltimore 

and keeping up with the activities of 
three daughters. Competitive horse 
showing, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse 
and swimming top the list. Caroline 
(12) loves Garrison Forest (where Mary 
Page Stewart '76 teaches Art) and the 
opportunity to play polo. Virginia (9) 
and Eliza (6) are happy at Culvert but 
hope to join their sister soon. Will 
remains in Health Care/Financial 
Services. A trip to Disney World was 
great but this year also brought the 
unexpected loss of Carl's father in 
Nantucket. Cari says "I've heard from 
Angle and Charlotte and spent New 
Year's Eve with Ann Vandersyde 
Malbon at our beach house!" Judith 
(Judi) Wright Noel celebrated her 50'" 
this year and reports that it's "relatively 
painless!!" Judi will be in England in 
June and says hi to Amy, Jeannie and 
Tish LaQuela Scaife Barnett reports 
catching Jana Joustra during a lull in 
JJ's busy travel schedule, Kim Horner 
Grelner and family at Newport Beach, 
and Mary Palmer at her trendy new 
restaurant "Clayton Blackmon". 
LaQuela recently finished her second 
children's book/CD project entitled 
"Roadtrip Survival Kit " and watched 
Tiger Woods tee-off at the US Open in 
Pebble Beach. "Lexi (6) is in first grade 
and life is good! " MIchele Baruch 
Jetfery says all is well m NYC. Jim has 
started his own asset management 
firm and is loving it. Jane (6) is in 
kindergarten at Chapin, ninth-grader 
Charlie (15 ) is away at boarding 
school. Mitch had a great time with 
Debra Hill Maes last spring in LA. 
Amy Campbell Lamphere put her not- 
for-profit arts organization, the 
WagonTrain Project on hiatus in 
November, and is now writing grants. 
Amy says, "Maximum flexibility allows 
me to chauffeur the babies (now 1 1 
and 8) everywhere... If I can avoid 
spending all of (my recent earnings) on 
American Girl doll accessories, Jim and 
I will travel to Chicago, Pheonix, 
Colorado and Las Vegas." 

Vickey Clarendon Richter is thank- 
ful for blond hair— "you won't be able 
to see the graying as all three of my 
children enter the joyous teenage years 
— yikes." She recently caught up with 
Diane Riley Milburn, whose eldest is 
looking at colleges, including SBC. 
Vickey says that Reunion was a terrific 
weekend and that no one has changed 
a bit! She just returned from Boston 
and dinner with Lisa Helsterkamp 
Davis, described as "tunny and irrever- 
ent as ever!" Lisa is still Associate 
Director for HR at Whitehead Institute 
for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, 
MA but now part-time. She had a blast 
in Hawaii with Josh, Augusta (11) and 
Dashiell (8), is headed for Mexico next, 
and says, "Vickey Clarendon find me, I 
can't find you!" Those who attended 
Reunion will be pleased to know that 
"we all look fabulous!" This according 
to the very observant Beth Fletcher 
Lubin. Beth hosted a successful show 
of Jill Steenhuis's work in Montgomery 

last November, and says, "2000 was a 
great year and Reunion could not have 
been more fun!" 

Betsy Thomas Rook remains in 
Glendale, California with husband 
Roger and their children, ages 7 and 3. 
"Never a dull moment," says Betsy, 
who renewed her real estate broker's 
license and hopes to complete, possi- 
bly market, a writing project. 

Shannon Thompson Eadon has 
been doing lots of skiing and travelling 
this winter Her home was on the gar- 
den tour last June and helped raise 
over $500,000 for breast cancer. "Over 
1000 people came through in one 
day — both exhausting and rewarding." 
Shannon says Reunion was wonderful 
and that the e-mail list is great fun! 

"No news " from Carol Williamson 
Jenkins, who sends a picture of an 

Leslie Ludwick Bires has enjoyed 
an eventful year regretting only that 
she wasn't able to make Reunion. First 
child Alexander David was born in July 
2000 and has since been the center of 
life — "not bad for a 42 year old mom," 
says Leslie. They moved to a new 
home in Mill Valley, just north of the 
Golden Gate bridge and close to red- 
woods, the beach, hiking, biking and 
great views. She and Tom welcomed 
the new millennium from a tropical 
island in Malaysia with 150 
friends. "(We) celebrated the new year 
thankful for our many blessings — 
health, dear friends and family." 

Pam Wlllett Hauck has enjoyed a 
"blessedly uneventful" year staying 
active with three daughters (12, 11 and 
9) who are always on-the-go! Husband 
Greg is still with the Pentagon, gearing 
up for a military (USMC) retirement in 
2002. Pam loved getting reacquainted 
with everyone at Reunion! 

Hollis Hutchens Volk and husband 
Chris live in Paradise Valley, Arizona 
with Emma (11) and Chambers (8). 
Chris is President of FFCA, a real estate 
finance company, and Hollis is busy 
with home, book club and volunteer 
activities for school and local charities. 
"We have been traveling a good bit. 
Recently, our most exciting trip was to 
the Presidential Inauguration. We had 
great seats, went to several 
parties/balls and had a great time 
freezing ourselves nearly to death!" 

Life for Ann Connolly Reagan is 
reported to be fairly calm. Hannah (12) 
is "busy skiing, soccering and tennis- 
ing " Meanwhile, Ann enjoys her 10'" 
year at the Dragon's Nest toystore in 
Newburyport, but is happy to have had 
the past two summers off. "Yahoo!" 
Fun includes the North Shore Women's 
Tennis League Upper A Division and 
skiing in this year's tons of snow. Plans 
are in the works for spring trip to 
Hilton Head. 

Pam (?) is occupied with sons Will 
(15) and Trip (7), as well as her interior 
design business and newly acquired 
real estate license. Susan Posey 
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four children: Danny, Jr (16), Allle 
(14), David (10) and Caroline (7). She 
is "busy but loving it!" 

Pam Koehler Elmets is a combina- 
tion mom/taxi service! She does find 
time tor a few tennis lessons, and 
says, "We had a great time at Reunion 
even though the electricity went out." 

Anne Secor loves her new job as 
Art Director at Her 
mentoring program continues as "little 
sister" gears up for high school. Anne 
and Steve spent summer weel<ends at 
their little beach cottage on Fire Island 
and are planning a second trip to 
Brazil. "We're hoping tor some good 
gigs for the band this year Kitties 
Marley and Farnsworth are great." 

Annie Fisher IVIcDaniel is spending 
more time volunteering at Maggie's 
(12) and Jack's (10) schools since tak- 
ing her first break from work in ten 
years, and says "I have to laugh at 
myself — becoming a yoga fanatic!" 
Tim's law firm continues to grow and 
the family hopes to travel this spring. 
Claire Dennison Griffith's Ted (9" 
grade) is away for his first year at 
boarding school and thriving. Second- 
grader Charlie manages to fill the void 
with his activities. Claire says, "I am 
working hard NOT to look like the 
mother of a high school student — with 
mixed results!" She ran into Kate 
Sharp Belle last summer while at a 
hockey camp in Indiana. Kate is living 
in the Chicago area practicing law with 
CASA, the children's advocacy group. 
Jeannine Davis Harris had a blast at 
Reunion, loved catching up with every- 
one and enjoyed the train trip with 
"Schneids". Children Leigh (9), Reid 
(7) and Brad (3) are all busy. She saw 
Catherine Flaherty in NYC during the 

Want to learn to Tango or Samba? 
Daria Davies has traded in her riding 
attire for ball gowns and dance shoes 
and is working to become "a top ama- 
teur ballroom dancer". She and her 
partner have opened the Virginia 
DanceSport Academy in Charlottesville 
and extend an invitation to all! 

Jamilla Champsi enjoys her 
daughter (3) and son (1) and is prac- 
ticing medicine — infectious diseases — 
in San Francisco. She forwarded her 
reply card (thanks, Jimmy!) to former- 
ly-lost alumna Helen "Cookie" 
Compton Harris, who is in Long 
Beach. Cookie has been married for 
sixteen years with no children apart 
from the 800 she looks after as 
Assistant Principal at Rogers Middle 

Brandy Wood is happily married to 
Chris Egbert and busy teaching psy- 
chology at Indiana University 
Southeast and at Jefferson Community 
College in Louisville. After "ten years 
as a housefrau", Susan Boline 
Thompson is attending SMU studying 
the Italian Renaissance, working 
toward her MLAand loving it! "Gregg, 
Rebecca (10), Stephen and John (both 
8) all keep me company at the home- 

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work table." Gregg is taking a poetry 
class and hoping to be published. 
Vacations have included a ski trip, 
white water rafting and a 30-hour drive 
to Idaho! 

Diana Tarrlde Palmer writes that 
since Reunion -"the power outage on 
Saturday night was unforgettable"— 
she has visited France and French rela- 
tives with her sister Michelle Tarride 
Frazier '78. and caught up with Beth 
Newberry Phillips while Beth was in 
Texas for her 100 year-old grandmoth- 
er's funeral. Diana studies French and 
riding since Anna (6) began 
Kindergarten and Clayton (16) began 
driving. Diana asks if anyone else saw 
Francie Root's picture in her invest- 
ment firms full-page NYT ad! 

Georgia Schley Ritchie has 
returned from an art-seeking expedi- 
tion to Vietnam and China — visiting 
friends in Tokyo along the way — and 
held Young Masters Atlanta. The 
Vietnamese work showed well with that 
of the regular British participants mak- 
ing the exhibit a success with exciting 
prospects. Mystery Woman who didn't 
sign her card is having a ball with 
Charlie (2) in Dallas. He loves both 
snow and the beach, and plans to 
accompany his parents to Vail and 
Palm Springs this year She stays in 
touch with Janel Wiles. Claire Griffith. 
Jill Steenhuis, Ann Connolly, and 
Leslie Ludwick — even sees Brianna 
Brown'82, Cissy Humphrey76 and 
Melanie Steglich'78 Tinsley Place 
Lockhart has been admitted to law 
school at the University of Edinburgh. 
She intends to continue with her 
Internet Centre and e-commerce busi- 
ness and is interested in hearing from 
anyone with similar interests/experi- 
ence. Julia Grosvenor Sanford is 
Board President of the Little Miss Mag 
Child Care Centre in Chattanooga 
where she also volunteer-teaches 
Creative Movement class to the strains 
of classical music! "The older ones are 
encouraged to interpret (what) they 
hear... but mostly we have fun," says 

Myth Monnich Bayoud stays busy 
with Neiman Marcus and the SBC 
Board of Directors. 

I, Liz Swearingen Edens, am a 
designer/illustrator in Louisville where 
husband Joe, Alex (5), Cary Pippin (3), 
clients (enough) and extra-curriculars 
(too many?) keep me occupied. 
Reunion really was fun, wasn't it. Just 
love being at school knowing all my 
homework is done. Many thanks to 
Claire for posting those great pictures 
with the tornado-sky in the back- 
ground!! The Class Notes format is to 
be expanded to accommodate all our 
news, so please write/e-mail me any 
time with whatever you'd like shared. 


Presidents: Heather Pirnie Albert, 

Diane Dunaway 
Secretary: Beth Sheets Reed 
Fund Agents: Ann Morton Young 

Habliston, Carol Searles Bohrer 

Word from Carol Searles Bohrer, 

two classmates are very sick. Thoughts 
are with Lisa Laubach Claffin who has 
Lyme Disease, and Valerie Youree who 
has MS. If you would like to call or 
write to Lisa and Valerie and need their 
numbers just let me know. Carol is 
busy with Price 9, Emily 6, and volun- 
teer work. Charlotte Prassel Fitzgerald 
is able to volunteer again with James 3 
in pre-school. Cece 11 is in 6'" and 
Tricia 10 is in 4'^ Andy is training for 
the Boston Marathon (April '01 &'02). 
Lucie Stephens Holland is an at-home 
mom to Carter 4. She keeps busy with 
Colonial Dames, Garden Club, school 
and church. Rachel Millrood Perlman 
is finding work as a bond trader a 
vacation next to raising twin 3 year old 
boys, Morgan and Jonathan, and pre- 
teen daughter Sophia 1 1 . Libby Lee 
Gantt Castles has a few hours for her- 
self now that triplets, Gantt, Ray and 
Clara 4 are in pre-school. Her older 
three. Mason, 4'" grade, Guy, 2"° and 
Mary Etta, 1" all love school. Aimee 
Nelson Smith, husband Christopher, 
and children Porter 12. Shelby 9, and 
Peyton 7, are still living in Baltimore. 
Cathy Adams Miller is now a senior 
staff pharmacist in Newport News. She 
and family, Madeline 8, Ali 6, and hus- 
band David traveled to California last 
summer She enjoyed catching up with 
Anne Goebel Baines Jill Fallon 
Maple is still with Gillette. Jack 6 is 
into soccer, karate and Cub Scouts. 
Harrison 2 is into following Jack. 
Leslie Bergman reports that life is 
good on the Hopeful Farm. Liz 
Hoskinson is in Bronxville, NY started 
a new position as a trainer and riding 
instructor at a horse farm. Mary 
LaVigne Fletcher is busy with all 
shapes, sizes and varieties of children 
and horses; she is operating 
Dreamcatcher Stables. Her daughters, 
Eugenia 5 and Henley 3 love riding 
their ponies Tricia Whelan Schenck 
has been very busy getting her Masters 
of Ed., and a move to Albuquerque, 
NM. Her 5 children ages 7 to 12 are 
enjoying the "high desert". Jennifer 
Hebb LaRose has moved to 
Glastonbury, CT She is a paralegal at 
CIGNA Corp. but still has time to shuf- 
fle Molly 12 and Sarah 9 between soc- 
cer games. Rolfe Joyner DeShazor is 
an SBC mom; daughter Carrie is a 
soph and loves it. Rolfe and husband 
are enjoying the memories that being 
on campus brings. Oldest son Christian 
is a "Rat" at VMI. Will, Mary Kate, and 
Maggie are still at home. Polk Green 
has her mechanical engineering 
degree. She has been promoted to 
Project Engineer and Project Manager 

for Validation for Elizabeth Arden. The 
globetrotters!!! Monika Kaiser and 
Richard took their children (Alexa 10, 
and Julius 5) to Europe again last sum- 
mer to visit their families and had a 
wonderful time. Beth Engelsman 
Flanigan spent the past summer in 
Charlevoix. Lacey is now 10, and Drew 
16 is driving. This has been a "fantas- 
tic" year for Ruth Fowler Bauerle: hus- 
band Jack was a coach on the US team 
in Sydney with his swimmers winning 
Gold and Silver - way to go! Ruth 
works part time as an ophthalmologist 
assistant and full time as mom to John 
8 and Magill 3 Leie Frenzel Casalini 
has been busy with her family, manag- 
ing their farm, and traveling. Oldest, 
Guido 21 , is a senior at Indiana U. 
Leie's other children, Eli 13, Liza 12, 
and Sophie are all involved with horse 
shows. Tom and LeIe make it to Italy 
each year and last October she was off 
to Nepal with Outward Bound. When 
Jennifer Rae sent in her news she and 
Luigi had just returned from the 
Dominican Republic. Jennifer works in 
the e-commerce industry where there 
are some younger SBC graduates 
whom she enjoys working with. 
Martha Tisdale Cordell has survived a 
kitchen remodel! She continues to 
work part time as administrator for the 
University of Tulsa College of Law and 
is busy all other times with David 
Ryan, Jr 9, and Mary Louise 6. Martha 
celebrated her 40'" by going on a girl's 
only hiking trip in the Italian Alps. 
Elizabeth Terzian, who had just 
returned from a trip to western Turkey, 
doesn't ever remember writing in 
before. Elizabeth has spent the past 15 
years in the computer software con- 
sulting industry and has her own com- 
pany. Future World Consulting, Inc. 
About 10 years ago she spent 5 years 
working in Paris, France where she met 
her husband. They have been back in 
the states for 5 years Ann Morton 
Young Habliston and Charlie had a 
whirlwind trip to Lisbon, Portugal. 
Weddings!!! Molly Finney was 
married on October 14, 2000. Brianna, 
Dirt, and Jean were all bridesmaids. 
Molly wrote that after being in the 
throes of selling her house, his house, 
and fixing up their new house she was 
definitely looking forward to the honey- 
moon. Heidi Slavin writes that she is 
getting married for the first time in 
August 2001 and now has a partner in 
her world travels. Nancy (Dirt) 
Daugherty Davidson and family have 
moved back to Northern Virginia. She 
has seen Ann Morton and has heard 
via e-mail from Laurie Barnett Manns 
who now has 2 daughters and lives 
near Jean von Schrader Bryan. Jean is 
enjoying the Cincinnati area and its 
proximity to Virginia. Her children are 
doing great, Betsy 9, George 8. and 
Anne 7, all love their school. Jean is 
involved with the parent council, selling 
Mary Kay but still finds time to keep in 
touch with all her SBC friends. Diane 
Dunaway. Sally Shepard Peek, and 

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Torie Lee Adams all wrote about ttieir 
tun weekend together near Atlanta with 
husbands and children. Mary Ames 
Booker Sherel had sad news to share- 
her mother, Catharine Booker '47, died 
suddenly June 30. 2000, Mary Ames is 
still working at the Southern Oregon 
Historical Society but is contemplating 
a move back east. Babies!!! There are 
two expectant mothers in the class 
when this news was due but by the 
time it goes to print both will be deliv- 
ered Patty Snodgrass Borda is due 
10-00 with their V' baby. Deborah 
Price Bowman is due 2-01 with their 
2"". I am keeping busy with Kate 14, 
Matt 12 and tennis. I look forward to 
next year and all your notes. Sorry for 
being so concise, we have a strict limit 
on words. Note my new e-mail address 
- . Please write 
and have a great year! 


President: Miriam Baker Morris 
Secretary: Melissa Byrne Partington 
Fund Agent: Tracy Gatewood Lyons 

Suzy Ireland Dupree says all is 
well in Lexington. She is staying pretty 
busy with Emily (9), Elizabeth (7), 
Leighton (4) and Henry (1) and all of 
their schools and various activities, but 
did manage to have a wonderful trip to 
Sedona, AZ, this fall for her grandpar- 
ents' 65'" wedding anniversary party. 
Babbie Serrano Black took a birthday 
trip to Ireland and her husband threw a 
surprise party for her before the trip. 
Margie Scott Johnson came up from 
Raleigh, with Tracy Gatewood, Nancy 
Cunningham Mauck, Joan 
McGettigan, and Janet Shepherd Luis 
being absent coconspirators. Libby 
Glenn Fisher says her life revolves 
around kids these days. Both Wil (8) 
and Mary Kathryn (6) are attending a 
school for gifted children that is rela- 
tively new and is desperate for parent 
volunteers so she is quite busy She 
would like to also send her best to all 
of her SBC friends!! Mimi Kitchel 
Decamp finally has both boys in 
school together so life is good. That 
leaves her more time for real estate but 
it means more activities for the chil- 
dren too!! Elizabeth Taylor Seifert had 
a baby in February 2000; Peter 
VonWiller Seifert. She survived a com- 
pany merger, and was a Florida chad 
war widow. She is horseback riding 
again and loves it. Amy Boyce Osaki's 
big news is that Heidi Shizumi Osaki 
was born March 14, 2000. Heidi's been 
to Europe three times, to the 
Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and to 
Hawaii. That's what happens when your 
parents own a travel adventure compa- 
ny!! Amy would love to hear from 
other SBC entrepreneurs. Mason 
Bennett Rummel says her job is won- 
derful and so is Rick. He has started a 
second company related to medical 
equipment. They recently moved to a 

103 year old home, which keeps them 
busy with renovations!! Wylie 
Jameson Small is working on a novel. 
It's a story told through letters between 
two friends over a 1 5- year time peri- 
od. She also still runs her consulting 
business. Rudy (7) is continuing to 
play competitive squash. Ann 
Goldmann Uloth took a three- month 
leave of absence after five years at 
Fidelity Investments and she is going 
to go on a cruise around the world. 
Lisa Rogness McDermott is enjoying 
her first year of marriage after a won- 
derful honeymoon in Cozumel. She is 
now working in the Dean's office at St. 
Olaf College Sharon Patton Massie is 
still living on her farm on Amherst. Her 
big news is that they purchased the bar 
that used to be in the Bistro!! Sweet 
Briar had an auction and the bar was 
up for sale! They now have it set up in 
their barn, which they have converted 
to a gathering place for friends. Laura 
Mixon Rodriguez is busy with her 
three children Leandro (9), Miranda (6) 
and Christina (2) and teaching part- 
time at East Carolina University. She 
would love to connect with any SBC 
alumnae in the Greenville, NC area. 
Betsy Birkhead Click loves being a 
stay at home mom for her sons Kevin 
(8), and Christopher (3), She misses 
everyone at SBC and still keeps in 
touch with Julia Bass Randall, 
Lizanne Schumacher Quinn and Amy 
Seddon Leger, Ellen Chaney 
Webster's big news is the birth of her 
son, Andrew Christopher in November 
2000 Miriam Baker Morris is still 
working part-time at her church and 
busy with her children Claiborne (12) 
and Sally (10). She says she heard 
from Libby Schmitt Pruitt who is living 
in Macon, GA and busy with her two 
boys Bridget O'Reilly Holmes is very 
active in her girls' school and contin- 
ues to do projects with the new chil- 
dren's museum — Stepping Stones 
Museum for Children — in Norwalk, CI 
She was able to see Barb Paulson 
Goodbarn in March while skiing in 
Colorado. Amy Painter Hur is still in 
Austin, TX and busy with her daugh- 
ters' school sports and Girl Scouts. 
Gigi Harsh Mossburg is really enjoying 
applying her art history in her job as a 
design consultant at Best Tile, Rebecca 
Coggin writes in after several years 
'away' with news of her fight with 
breast cancer in 1997. She is on the 
road to recovery and living with her 
parents and two wonderful children in 
Warsaw, VA. She is working from 
home for American Express and really 
enjoys it Alice Cutting Laimbeer 
enjoyed a mini SBC reunion with Lucy 
Chapman Millar, Elizabeth Sprague 
O'Meara, Anne Little Woolley and all 
of their families at an island south of 
Savannah. She and Rick are planning a 
dual 40'" birthday trip to Kenya in June. 
Alicia Nygaard Formagus and her hus- 
band Mace are building their second 
home and moving their dental practice 
to Golden Grove. Their son William 

(12) is enjoying playing basketball and 
their second son, Thomas, is busy pur- 
suing an acting career in film. Anne 
Little Woolley writes that Nancy 
Cunningham Mauck completed a won- 
derful portrait of her son, Prescott, 
Along with the crowd at the mini 
reunion (mentioned above) she saw 
Patee White Ramsey at the SBC 
Annual Luncheon in Richmond. 
Margaret Enochs Jarvis has been 
named medical director at Marworth, 
the alcohol and chemical dependency 
treatment center of the Penn State 
Geisinger Health System. Joan 
McGettigan has left the corporate 
world to join the teaching ranks and is 
now a 5'"grade teacher in New Caanan, 
CT Lee Anne MacKenzie Chaskes has 
news of the birth of her son, Adam on 
June 27, 2000. Robert and I are still in 
Marblehead, MA, Rachel is 3 and 
Andrew is 1, which keeps us quite 
busy Robert is in his second year at 
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 
pursuing his M.Div, degree, I am still at 
Lotus and believe it or not after all of 
these years, really enjoy hearing from 
everyone! ! Thank you again for send- 
ing me your news!! 


President: Julie Hickman Thompson 

and Barbara Tragakis Conner 
Secretary: Jennifer Ryon Church 
Fund Agent: Kimberly K. Norman 

Hello to everyone! It was great to 
see everyone who attended reunion. 
We had a blast. As some of us are set- 
tling into life status quo others are 
making big changes. Ashby Clark 
Hopkins, husband Jim, Eliza (4), and 
Tommy (1) moved to Winston-Salem. 
NC. Michelle O'Neill and Marshall 
Mills became engaged in Venice during 
August 2000 and she was promoted to 
the Senior Executive Service at the 
Department of Commerce. Barbara 
Tragakis Conner has started an organi- 
zational consulting business. Jane Cox 
Murray and Bart welcomed their first 
child, James Arrington (9-6-99), Catty 
Hubbard and Michael Andry were mar- 
ried 1 1 -20-99 and make their home in 
Charlotte, NC, El Warner is now 
Director of Communications at the 
Multiple Sclerosis Society in NYC. 
Sharon McKinney Herman and Clark 
welcomed their first baby, Harry 
Standish on 9-22-00, Beth Anderson 
Kerns, husband Ed, and Jack (2 1/2) 
have moved to the peace and quiet of 
southern NH, She is still with Fidelity 
and working on her masters. Laura 
Groppe got engaged over the 
Millennium and Girl Games is growing 
and doing well. She sees Mimi Godfrey 
Hockman and is godmother to her son. 
Cathrien de Kruijff-de Liagre Bohl had 
baby number 4, a boy, Pepijn on 9-30- 
2000 Debbie Fischer Oleisky is busy 
as mom and Chemistry teacher at 
Garrison Forest where Sarah started 1" 

grade and Emily is in preschool, Laurie 
Limpitlaw Krambeer welcomed a baby 
girl in March 2000 Heidi Belofski Turk 

had the youngest attendant at reunion 
with Grant Alexander, born 2/00, She 
had to accelerate the move into their 
new house so as not to interfere with 
reunion. Brigid McGlynn Lengyel has 
moved back to the East Coast, 
Cohasset MA, with husband John, 
Caroline (5), Mary (2 1/2) and Emily (4 
mths), Frances Clardy Hooper has 
also returned to the East Coast, 
Concord MA where Bobby (5) started 
kindergarten and twins William and 
Woodard (3) enjoy preschool. Frances 
still keeps busy with government 
Special Events. She saw Lesley Allen 
Bell while in DC and often sees Perry 
Liles Lucas and Mary Bliss McGrath. 
Anne Maus was honored with Charter 
Membership into The Speakers Circle 
in DC by Congress and with Life 
Membership with the Republican 
Senatorial Inner Circle. Andrea Wilber 
Robertson, Neil, and Graham (5 1/2) 
welcomed Cameron 2/00. Martha 
Boxley Creasy and Grimes are enjoy- 
ing their new home. They purchased 
the childhood home of Nancy 
Cunningham Mauck ('83) and Betsy 
Cunningham Morgan ('87). Caperton 
Morton Andersson and family are 
doing great in Raleigh, NC but report 
that Caperton's dad passed away this 
summer (2000). Many remember him 
at their farm behind SBC. Angelique 
Aiken Little is still at Hofstra Univ as 
Professor of Clinical Psychology. Maha 
Kanoo vacationed in the Maldives and 
became a diving enthusiast. She hopes 
to have her art exhibit next year. Leigh 
Watkins Taylor and Grade (9) are still 
in New Zealand. She now has two 
companies. Reel New Zealand 
Productions and "Wonkles" Clothing 
(sorry Leigh if I spelled it wrong-l 
couldn't read it very well). Ruth Sill is 
still in Atlanta as a librarian with 
Kimberly-Clark. Perry Liles Lucas, 
Bob, Robby (7), George (5), Jane Perry 
(15 mths) are enjoying a new neigh- 
borhood in Charlotte NC and stay busy 
with school and church. Ro Gambrill 
Holman and husband Kendall expect 
their first baby in January 2001 . 
Heather Homonnay Finly, George, 
Isabelle (9) , and Emma (7) have fin- 
ished remodeling their home and have 
settled back into volunteering and kids' 
school activities. Heather and George 
plan a trip to Budapest this spring. 
Louellen Brooks Meyer and family are 
still in San Antonio, TX where she is 
busy as Organist and Director of Music 
at church and co-founder and adminis- 
trator of a Fine Arts School. Elizabeth 
Kelly Ravitz has begun to job-share 
her position as Internet Services 
Product Mgr. with ATT and loves being 
able to spend more time with 
Alexander (7), Rebecca (5) and Jessica 
(1 ) Jeanie Guthans Wilkins has taken 
up golf and enjoys playing with boys, 
Richard (11), Christopher (7), and 
Michael (4). Leanne Weber Kreis is 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

still in the fiospitaiity/commercial furni- 
ture business. The whole family is 
enjoying spending time on the 
Chesapeake on their boat. Cheryl 
Forlin Young is enioying her job as 
stay-at-home mom and very busy with 
kids Tate (10), Timothy (5), and Kayla 
(4) as well as playing tennis, softball. 
sailing, and skiing. Melissa Schoen 
HItl reports nothing exciting happened 
this year but daughter Katie (6) loved 
the glowsticks and flashlights during 
the power outage at reunion. Martha 
Swanson Muller lives in Ashburn, VA 
with husband Roger and son Braeden 
(19mths), She is working for UUNET, 
which is part of WorldCom, Gale Oertll 
Braswell is moving to a mini-horse 
farm and welcomed a new addition to 
the family. Lauren, born 4-19-00. Mary 
Woodwark Fraser was appointed 
Teacher Fellow at the U of Stirling, 
Scotland and elected Chair of the 
Branch Training Group of Chartered 
Institute of Personnel and 
Development, She is also working on 
her masters and her pre-war house, 
Julie Hickman Thompson and Dan 
have moved from CA to DC where Dan 
will do his surgery residency at 
Georgetown, Julie will continue her 
work with the National Audubon 
Society Laura Morrlssette Clark is 
keeping busy in Mobile with golf, ten- 
nis, and travel, Lee (13) was chosen 
the juvenile king of Mardi Gras and is 
very involved in athletics. Tee (11) is 
heading for the southeastern hall of 
fame for swimmers and will be recog- 
nized in 8 events, DeAnne Blanton is 
working part-time at the National 
Archives and raising Sam (2), Her book 
will be published in 2001, Chantal 
Pirrone Sexton and Bill spent their 5'" 
anniversary in France with Will (21 
mths) in tow. As for me, I am still in 
the Lynchburg area. John is a pilot for 
Northwest Airlines and commutes to 
Detroit, Alexandra (7) is in T' grade 
and dance. Chandler (4) enjoys pre- 
school. When I'm not doing regular 
mom duties I go to Bible study, work 
on scrapbooking. and bike, I want to 
get news out to everyone in between 
magazines and thought I could pass 
along any news via email. If anyone 
wants to send info to gcsbc85@cs,com 
I will send it out to everyone whose 
email address I have. 


President: Jennifer Crossland 
Secretary: Mary Jo Biscardi Brown 
Fund Agent: Beth Ann Trapold Newton 
& Carol Anne Dickson 

An exciting reunion year is upon 
us! Thanks for all of your great news! 

April Adelson Marshall reports 
exciting news of recently having 
formed her own company: she con- 
sults as a technical recruiter. Children 
Lily (9) and Hayden (7) are well, and 
although she and husband Steve have 

separated, she knows great things 
await her in 2001 ! Minshall Bridgers 
Edgar reports that life is great! She has 

2 girls. Lindeman (3) and Ana. born 
11/11/2000, She and her family live in 
Wilson, NC on their family farm, along 
with their horses. She works helping 
her mother operate the farm and 
enjoys fox hunting, Harriette Cooper 
Liederbach and her family have moved 
to Wake Forest, NC where her hus- 
band, Mark, is a professor at 
Southeastern Seminary, They have 3 
children. Daniel (8). Hannah (7), and 
Katherine (1), Harriette is beginning to 
ride again and says it feels good to be 
back on a horse! Sarel Cousins mar- 
ried Bill Haegele on 5/22/99, Shappy 
Donnelly LaPointe and Kathy Gilchrist 
(Sweet Briar Outdoor Program Leader) 
attended the wedding, Sarel and Bill 
live on a lovely farm near Frederick, 
Maryland and would love to hear from 
other local SBC'ers, Bill is actively 
seeking a pharmaceutical sales rep, 
job; can anyone help him out?! Class 
President Jenny Crossland has been 
busy working on our 15"' reunion and 
has really enjoyed it, Jenny became 
President of the Richmond SBC 
Alumnae club last year She was also 
Maid of Honor at Linda Mae Visocan's 
('87) wedding last summer, Drusilla 
Davis Fadus en|oys life as the mother 
of 3 in Marietta. GA, She and husband 
Joe celebrated the arrival of child #3, 
Katherine Grace, in August, 2000, Dru 
also reports that she and Christine 
Navratil Deeter plan to see each other 
in 2001 ; it will be the first time these 
two "roomies" have gotten together in 
9 years! Deanne Dawson James and 
David welcomed their first child, 
Teagan McKane James, on 3/9/00 and 
by the time she is 1 year old. she will 
have been to 8 states. 5 countries and 

3 continents! Deanne is now working 
from home as Vice President of Legato 
Systems and reports David has 
become very "Americanized" since 
moving to the US 3 years ago - but he 
hasn't lost his accent! Linda DeVogt 
continues to live in Richmond and 
work at Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield 
as Senior Account Representative for 
Major Sales, She also still serves on 
the Alumnae Board of SBC as 3'" Vice 
President, In fall, 2000 Karen Gonya 
Nickles and Sue Finn Adams got 
together in Richmond for a mini- 
reunion Shappy Donnelly LaPointe 
and husband Garth are in their 5"'year 
teaching at Eaglebrook School in 
Deerfield, MA, where they live in a 
dorm. They have 3 children. Morgan 
(8), Cullen (6), and McVitty (5), 
Pamela Edwards is a producer for tel- 
evision commercials and lives in Santa 
Monica, CA, Pamela keeps in touch 
with Cara Heard Elliot Sue Finn 
Adams is greatly enjoying her life. She 
works part-time, from home, doing 
marketing and research for a publisher. 
She keeps busy with children, Elizabeth 
(6). Benjamin (3). and Thomas (2), She 
and husband Michael are excited about 

their move in June into Michael's child- 
hood home, which was built by his 
dad Laura Hand Glover and Stephen 
are still living in Houston, and enjoy 
traveling, entertaining, and working 
hard. Son. Patrick is now 6 and in 
kindergarten, while daughter, Amber, is 
a sophomore at SBC and just loves it. 
Laura's highlights for the last year were 
leading 2 women's spiritual retreats 
and teaching an on-going bible study 
class at a nearby nursing home. All is 
well with Mimi Holland Dinsmore in 
Charleston. WV Her son. Mac. is 7. is 
in 1-' grade, and is "all boy", Mimi 
works part-time at an art gallery and in 
2000 she opened and currently man- 
ages an Episcopal book store at her 
church on a volunteer basis. After a 
trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming last fall, 
Mimi discovered she loves fly-fishing 
and has taken it up as a hobby! 
Elizabeth Lindsey reports that her life 
remains unchanged. She is still living 
in Hebron. IN with husband Ken. bas- 
set Jane, and 2 pet rats. She continues 
to work as a Senior Editor for ETS in 
Princeton, NJ, via telecommunication. 
In the winter she enjoys quilting and in 
the summer, gardening. Aloha from 
Maui from Tricia Lonick. who married 
Rey Verge! de Oios on 7/1/2000, The 
wedding was held in Orange. VA. with 
the reception at her parents' bed and 
breakfast. The Hidden Inn, Susan 
Swagler Cowles was a bridesmaid, 
Tricia still works at the Hyatt Regency 
Maui as the Wildlife Manager (15 
years!), but is currently beginning to 
work in real estate with Caldwell 
Banker Lynn Mather Charette resides 
in CT with her (now) 3 children. 
Elizabeth Hurst Charette (born 
8/25/99). Ben (6), and Tucker (4), Lynn 
and her family enjoy skiing all winter 
and beaching it all summer. She keeps 
in touch with many classmates, includ- 
ing Joanna Doyle ('87). who is an 
architect for Disney in CA, Jennifer 
Memmott Rosenberg keeps busy with 
the schedules of her 3 children. Henry 
(6). Olivia (4). and Margot (1). in addi- 
tion to volunteering for 3 organizations 
and playing tennis, Mary Beth Miller 
Orson reports that she and Carl are 
enjoying life in Scottsdale. AZ with 
their 2 year old daughter, Caroline, 
Mary Beth has lett law firm life and 
currently works as Assistant General 
Counsel for Honeywell Aerospace, She 
sees Eve Hill, who is Director, Western 
Law Center for Disability Rights in Los 
Angeles. Michelle Miller Haddad is "at 
home" with 2 year old daughter 
Isabella and has a part-time home 
business, in addition to volunteering at 
her girls' schools. She would love to 
hear from any '86 SBC grads! Enjoying 
her life in Boston with Chris and their 2 
girls is Harriett McNair Alexander, 
Harriett works a few hours a week for 
an architectural firm. Dreams are com- 
ing true for Mary Corrine Neale. as 
she has received a Masters Degree in 
Social Work from Fordham University 
and has moved to a small town on the 

shore. Tracy Pryba Baugham and 

Graham live in Richmond. VA with their 
3 daughters. Hayley (born 5/96) and 
identical twins Olivia and Lauren (born 
11/99). She IS still "retired" from 
Whitehall-Robms but is looking for- 
ward to getting back to work and hav- 
ing some adult interaction. She keeps 
in touch with Corrine Neale and 
Donna Prommas Duchow Leigh 
Ringler Bennett reports that she still 
works for Computer Sciences Corp. as 
Associate Partner heading up 
Development and Learning for the mar- 
ket solutions group... but she is 
embarking on a career change! Leigh 
has started pursuing her Masters 
Degree in exercise and sports physiolo- 
gy; she will also compete at the Spring 
Virginia Horse Trials in 2001 in 
Lexington. VA Ashley Simmons Bright 
keeps busy in New Orleans being mom 
to their 3 children, Ella (10), Gordy (8), 
and Walker (4), driving, volunteering at 
school, and working with the Junior 
League, She and Edgar are building a 
weekend/summer house in Pass 
Christian, MS, which should be fin- 
ished soon. The past year has been 
one of great travel for Mariah Smith 
Malik. She's been to London twice, 
Bermuda, and is planning a trip to St. 
Maarten in the Caribbean, She is very 
active in the Junior League of Raleigh 
and enjoys being a stay-at-home mom 
for 6 year old son. Jordan, Beth Ann 
Trapold Newton and her family moved 
to a new house in October, '99. but still 
live in McLean. VA, She reports that 
her children. Bonnie (5) and Gus (7). 
now both go to the same elementary 
school she attended! Beth is busy and 
content being at home, which they 
share with a new puppy, 2 cats, 2 ger- 
bils, and assorted fish. Janice 
Vandenheuvel Goodman lives on a 
small farm in Enumclaw, WA with hus- 
band Cecil, daughter Paige (5), and 
son Clay (2) Bella Viguerie Gsell. 
Gordon, and their 2 children. 
Christopher (4), Anne Claire (2) live in 
New Orleans, They are expecting their 
3'° child in August, '01. She keeps in 
touch with Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein 
and Julie Weyand Watson, but other- 
wise feels like she has fallen oft the 
face of the earth and will be back 
(hopefully) in 20 years! Ingrid Weirick 
Squires teaches V grade in Virginia 
Beach, while she and husband Dave 
anxiously await the birth of their first 
child in June, '01, Elizabeth Wharton 
Charles lives in Pittsford. NY with her 
husband. Nick, and their 2 children, 
Eugene (6) and Emily (2), She volun- 
teers at her son's school and is active 
in the Junior League of Rochester, 
Leigh Ann White lives and works in 
Washington, DC while working on a 
Ph,D, dissertation in health economics 
at Johns Hopkins School of Public 
Health in Baltimore. Vickie Wolf 
Rosenfield and family have settled into 
their new home, where she thoroughly 
enjoyed rebuilding the gardens. 
Daughter Emily (6) is in 1" grade at 

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Bryn Mawr and Will (5) is in kinder- 
garten at Garrison Forest, wtiere she 
regularly sees Heather Shettle 
Witherspoon and tier girls Rebecca 
Young Metro enjoys life as a stay-at- 
tiotne mom to tier 2 ctiildren, Katie (3) 
and Andrew (1). Ttiey recently moved 
to a new house in Arlington, VA and 
will celebrate their 8'" wedding anniver- 
sary in London in April, '01. As for me, 
I was fortunate to do a lot of traveling 
with my husband while living in Europe 
over the last 2 years, but in March, '01 
we moved back to the US from 
Denmark and will be making NJ home. 
Thanks for all of your well wishes and 
class notes postcards over the last 5 
years. I've greatly enjoyed being your 
class secretary! 


President: Tracy Tigerman 

Secretary: Eden Zuckerman Brown 
Fund Agent: Katrina Evans Gatti 

Lisa-Ann Strong Acquario lives in 
Albany, NY with husband, Stephen, and 
son, Stephen Jr (almost 1). She is the 
Assistant to the Director of NY State 
Hudson River Valley Greenway 
Communities Council. Her husband 
practices law and is counsel and leg- 
islative director for the NY State 
Association of Counties. Stacy 
Meadows Apter moved into a new 
house, adopted 2 puppies and 2 weeks 
later had a baby (Abi, 6/5/00). Big 
brother, Joshua (3) is doing well. Stacy 
has returned to work and a "normal" 
routine Denise Landau Blind says 
Tyler (6) started kindergarten and 
Chelsea (3) is in pre-school. Denise 
has become a Tupperware Consultant, 
which she really enjoys. They vaca- 
tioned in Palm Springs, CA, where she 
caught up with Christine Navratil 
Deeter '86. Caroline Corum accepted a 
position with Key Bank and will be 
moving to Seattle in October She and 
Cecilia Moore were in Beth Stookey 
Sargent's wedding in June in 
Manassas. Caroline says Beth and hus- 
band, Doug, are in Fairfax and Beth 
teaches in Prince William County and 
Cecilia had a fellowship to do research 
in NYC and is still on faculty at U of 
Dayton, Suzanna Reed Creveling had 
a baby girl 7/3/00, Sally Reed. She has 
2 other children, Isabel (6) and Andrew 
(4), She enjoys being a stay-home 
mom in tiny Enterprise, AL. She keeps 
up with Carrie Winkler Rowe and Elsa 
Scagel Conway Stacey Vllar Csaplar 
and Andy have adopted their 2" child, 
Arden, born 5/12. Rory is now 2. 
Stacey is a full-time mom and having 
fun. The next addition is a puppy in the 
spring, Laura Dean is still working at 
Printing Services at Radford University. 
She is engaged to Joe Golias and they 
have a wedding date 10/27/01 . Joe 
plans on getting his Ph.D. in History. 
They are planning a family down the 

road, but for now have 3 grown cats 
and 2 kittens. Susan Detweiler guides 
for American Alpine Institute in the 
Washington Cascades, but lives in CO. 
She guided climbs in Canada, Bolivia 
and Mt. Kilimaniaro. Her personal 
climbing took her to Chile, where she 
climbed previously unclimbed moun- 
tains, Argentina and Mt. Kenya. 
Unfortunately, her travelling lifestyle 
was too much for Peter who ended the 
relationship in the fall. In Seattle, she 
met up with Vinca Swanson '94, anoth- 
er mountaineer Ashley OeVan moved 
to Austin, TX last year and is working 
for Dell Computer as a Sr Business 
Lead for the consumer business web 
site. She keeps in touch with Melinda 
Williams who is in Santa Barbara, 
working for Kenny Loggms, Angle 
Cabell Wolkiewicz, who is finishing 
her law degree in Richmond, and Irish 
Winkler Johnson, who is living in MN 
with her 2 sons. She also says Erin 
Babcock Wallace is in Raleigh, NC and 
that she keeps in touch with Mary 
Nelson Densmore Notaro and Meg 
White, who just moved from 
Richmond to Norfolk. Augusta 
Harrison Dunstan had her 2" child, 
Guenevere Rose Dunstan, on 5/27/00. 
Guen has had some "tough love" from 
her big sister Millicent (10/12/96), but 
says they are all doing well. Minta 
Jones Ford has 2 children, a boy (22 
mos.) and a girl (7 mos). She is a full- 
time mom and recently saw Beth 
Bennett Haga and Katie Keogh 
Snelling D. Andrea Fraley married G. 
E. Martin 8/8/99. They currently live in 
Denver, CO with 2 dogs. She finishes 
graduate school 12/00. Cary Grant 
Gallagher is busy as President of the 
Philadelphia Alumnae Club of SBC. She 
IS involved with school activities with 
her children, Dylan (10), Amanda (9), 
Charlie and Sam (4-year-old twins). 
Kate Cole Hite has been busy with a 
recent illness with her daughter (she is 
home and better now). She and Tucker 
are great. Kate is still the Director of 
Finance at the Naval Academy Alumni 
Association. Chase started pre-school 
and Mackenzie is 2. Kate keeps in 
touch with Katie Keogh Snelling. Kelly 
Meredith lacobelli took a job in June 
at Coca-Cola as a National Promotion 
Manager She and John are enjoying 
Atlanta. Cynthia Jackson lives with her 
boyfriend. Tommy Cummings, in 
Oakland, CA and works in the restau- 
rant biz in San Francisco. Her restau- 
rant ( was named 
one of the top 10 in SF by Gourmet. 
Julie Lindauer Jacobson graduated 
from Emory's Physician Assistant pro- 
gram 12/99 and works for the Emory 
Clinic in Family Medicine and serves as 
a faculty member She saw Stacey 
Sickels Heckel in DC Elizabeth 
Belser Kistler is doing great in 
Spartanburg with her babies, Samuel 
Mikell (2) and Lauren (4). She works at 
a boutigue called "Raglands" and loves 
being back in retail. Jim is now the 
owner of Power Business Forms. 

Denton Freeman Kump got a faculty 
position at the Medical College of VA in 
the Dept of Pharmacology and 
Toxicology, writing grants, doing 
research and teaching, in addition to 
still working at Pharmaceutical 
Research Associates, plus having 3- 
year-old and 18-month-old boys, 
Jennifer Crawley Lewis and husband. 
Max, have bought a house in Palm 
Beach, FL and are undergoing "renova- 
tion stress." Whitney Bolt Lewis has 
been very busy. She gave birth to 
Conner 10/5/00 and is getting ready to 
open her own veterinary practice with 
2 partners 12/00, Christina Savage 
Lytle enjoys mommy-time and over- 
seeing the renovation of their house. 
Lucie (3) keeps Christina and JD busy 
and they are expecting their 2"° child 
2/14/01. She saw sister Renee Savage 
'92 and husband, John, She has seen 
Susan Marshall Lawrence '86 and 
many other SBCers. Katherine McCoid 
moved from NY to London 2/00 to 
manage marketing services group for 
INVESCO Asset Management. She lives 
in Netting Hill and enjoys wonderful 
weekends all over Europe and met Lee 
Carroll Roebuck and her husband, 
Charles, in Rome. She looks forward to 
a visit from Brooke Rinehart Dunn and 
husband. Page, Paige Shiller Okun 
had Charles Bennet "Ben" Okun on 
9/14/00. She and Steve are well and 
Paige is on maternity leave until 1/01. 
Heidi Metzger Potter is busy with 
Andrew and Collin, volunteering in 
school. She had a great time at Sharon 
Staley's '87 wedding 4/00 and saw her 
again in FL 6/00 Kathryn Ingham 
Reese says her daughter Landon, 
turns 1 and in May, Kathryn will receive 
her M,Ed, in Reading/Writing/Literacy 
from U Penn. She continues to teach 
3"" grade at Tower Hill School in 
Wilmington. DE, Jennifer Bach Rosen 
and Rob had their 2"' child, William 
Leucht Rosen 4/10/00. Matt (3 1/2) is 
being a wonderful big brother Jennifer 
is working part time this year She saw 
Grace Quirk Thompson during her 
recent trip to New Orleans. She says 
Grace is well and has 2 adorable little 
girls who keep her busy. Tracy 
Tigerman Shannon got remarried this 
summer to John Shannon. She is hap- 
pier than she has ever been and is still 
in the same location and job. Mary 
Halllday Shaw loves life in San Diego 
with husband. Brad, twin sons Jack 
and Mike (9) and Kevin (5), She teach- 
es preschool 3 times per week to 3 and 
4-year-olds Heather Gregory Skeens 
is married to Ed Skeens and has 2 chil- 
dren, ages 10 & 6. She works at the 
Dept of Social Services as a Protective 
Service Supervisor and is at U of MD 
for an MBA Stephanie Sage Smirnov 
(Wilt) is married and just celebrated 
her 1 ' anniversary with Max Smirnov 
She is still in the PR field in NYC and 
just started a new |ob as Asst. VP of 
PR for LOreal USA. 

Stephanie Sprouse is in Arlington 
and was recently promoted. She has a 

baby boy due 3/6/01 and says Tobin is 
very excited and will have to find stu- 
dio space since his studio will be the 
baby's room. Kelly Brown Varga and 
Geoff continue living in Germany and 
love it. Jack (4) & Emery (3) are 
attending German kindergarten and 
have quickly become fluent. They enjoy 
travelling, skiing and the slower pace 
of life Courtenay "Nici" Fraley 
Williams and Jim moved to a new 
house. Their son, Jake, is almost 2 and 
they still have their 3 dogs. Jim is still 
practicing law and Nici doesn't miss it 
at all! Heather Shettle Witherspoon 
has decided to take time off from her 
law practice to spend more time with 
her daughters, Amanda (5) and 
Charlotte (3) and to oversee the reno- 
vation of their home in Baltimore. She 
sees Mary Alyce Keyser Corbett as 
she lives in DC and has a daughter 
Sarah Jane. Bill and I continue to live 
in Winchester VA. Our private practice 
is very busy, but we make sure to take 
time off for travel and golf. I can't wait 
for the SBC Centennial Spring '01 and 
hope to see many classmates there. 


President: Whitney Bay 
Secretary: Emmy Leung 
Fund Agent: Kathryn "Kate" Robinson 

Yeah! We no longer have a limit on 
how many words we can write in the 
Class Notes. It's a good thing, because 
you all have been very busy! I can also 
accept news from you at any time to 
include in any issue of the magazine. 
We are not limited to just once a year 

Deborah Schmidt married Perry 
Robinson in Seal Harbor ME. on 
7/1/00, She has been promoted to 
Senior Vice President at Sotheby's in 
New York (I), lives in Huntsville, AL. 
with husband Ray. and children, Tindall 
(4) and Huston Beth Wheeler Morring 
(2) Mary Ann Kramlich-Nash has 
started teaching part-time at Gymboree 
play programs since both children, 
Abbie (5) and Thomas (4), are now in 
school, Ruth Taul Magnusson is still 
living in San Francisco with husband, 
Peter and their one-year old daughter. 
Caroline. Brooke Haw Spencer, 
Madison (W&L 79), and daughters 
Elsie (6) and Millie (3) are still living in 
Charlottesville. She would love to see 
any classmates passing through. 
Andrea Williams Cakes lives in 
Staunton with husband, Kenneth, and 
two girls, Jaclyn (6) and Alexandria 
(5). She still works for the Cincinnati 
Insurance Co. She has also been elect- 
ed to the Staunton School Board. Joy 
Canada Faust is still living in 
Lynchburg with husband, Thomas, and 
their bulldog. Molly. She is a Special 
Education teacher with Amherst County 
Public Schools. Cameron Carson 
Mosier has been named the director of 

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marketing and public relations for ttie 
Kershaw County Medical Center. 
Sydney Loughran married Andreas 
Wolf on 11/21/98, Vieki Hunton lives 
just south of Houston in Thompsons, a 
town of 167 people near the Brazos 
River She is managing a ranch where 
they raise beef cattle and sport horses. 
She loves living in a restored 1863. 
Victorian home. She still enjoys partici- 
pating in horse showing and had one 
of her yearlings place 5'" in the Zone in 
2000 Heather Varney Rooney lives in 
Potomac, MD, with husband. Franl<. 
three daughters and their son, Patricl<. 
born 10/7/00 Tish Markey Hutter 
sends greetings from Mexico. She, 
Rob and children. Harrison (6), 
Katherine (4) and Anna (1) have been 
living in Mexico City for a year. They 
are under a 3-year contract with 
Cargill, Inc. They spent Christmas in 
Akumal on the Yucatan Peninsula. 
Anyone traveling to Mexico City can 
email Tish at 
Stacey White Law and Ty are living in 
Atlanta and are currently building a 
house. Stacey is a commercial real 
estate broker with NAI Brannen 
Goddard, and Ty just finished graduate 
school and works as a consultant for 
Radiant Systems. Amy Sanidas and 
husband, Daniel, have moved from 
Berkeley, CA to New York City. Daniel is 
pursuing a postdoctoral position in 
psychology at Columbia University. 
Amy was able to continue working for 
E*TRADE Group as a teleworker She 
provides research and analysis on the 
online financial service industry. Lisa 
Koob married Jeff Fawcett on 11/4/00, 
in a small church service in Houston. 
Nancy Quinones Chancier was her 
Matron of Honor. Nancy still lives in 
Richmond and works for the VA 
Economic Development Partnership. 
Krlsten Layman Mahoney is still 
Director of Grants for the Baltimore 
Police Dept. and plays lots of tennis. 
Anne Gaston lives in Baltimore and is a 
RN at Johns Hopkins University 
Medical Center. She married Scotl Gaa 
in a lovely outdoor wedding at 
Evelynton Plantation. 9/16/00. Krlsten 
Mahoney and Annette "Skippy" 
Shilleslad were bridesmaids. Heather 
Rooney. then 8 months pregnant, was 
in attendance. Abby Carter, Eric 
Rudenshiold and son. Alexander have 
moved from Copenhagen to Warsaw. 
Poland. Angle Cabell and her husband 
have finally finished building their 
house. She finished law school in 
December, and took the bar exam in 
February. Beth Gottlieb lives in Atlanta 
and works at Donaldson & Co. Inc., an 
institutional stock brokerage firm. She 
sees Amanda Germond. Nancy Bethea 
Howell '90. and Allish O'Connor 90. 
on a regular basis. She has visited with 
Christen Anderson Abernathy and 
other classmates when traveling for 
her job. Sans Good Washington has 
finished her principal certification. She 
continues to teach In an inner-city pri- 
mary school in Kentucky. She is chair- 

ing Sustainer Relations for Junior 
League. She and husband, Michael, are 
busy with sons William (8) and 
Benjamin born 6/00. Sarah Anderson 
Stanton. Murray, Gray (3) welcomed 
Olav Anderson Stanton into the family 
on 8/31/00. They moved into their new 
house just one week before Olav was 
born. Sarah continues to teach piano 
and plays duo piano works with a 
friend. Murray is busy with his law 
office and the farm is doing well. 
Christina Stoltz Feldkamp and Scott 
had a baby girl, Ariel Noelle, 12/1/00. 
(7 lbs. 5 ozs.,19.5 inches). Chrissy is 
enjoying being a stay at home mom. 
Scott completed his Masters in 
Educational Leadership last year, and 
should be an Assistant Principal next 
school year Sara Stone Mueller, 
James and son, K.J., have moved to 
Lake Oswego, OR. south of Portland. 
Beth Hodgkins Green is doing well in 
Scituate. MA, as the Music Lady. She 
opened her own studio last May where 
she teaches 9 classes a week to 70 
clients, parents and children. She also 
teaches music enrichment at 47 
preschools and kindergartens. She 
loves the schedule, because she can 
work mornings and be home with son, 
Michael (5), in the afternoons after pre- 
school. Kim Kline Malone and David 
are expecting twins in June! Brendan 
(3) will have both a baby brother and 
sister Pauline Hanson Palm and Chris 
are still living in Arlington, TX. She loves 
teaching at Meadowbrook Christian 
School and will be the yearbook chair- 
person this year. Chris is working for 
Family Christian Stores. Sandy 
Compton Sellman and Neil welcomed 
Alexandra Lynn on 2/7/00, (8 lbs.4 ozs. 
20 1/4 inches). Allyson Welch Cain has 
received her Masters in Computer 
Science from Johns Hopkins University. 
She is working for 
as a technical manager Working for a 
.com and a news organization is very 
exciting, but, "three weeks of election 
coverage made us all crazy." Ally Tom 
and Nicole (2) live in Fairfax. VA. JoAnn 
Bogolin lives in Atlanta. She now has 
two Dachshunds, Daisy and Posey She 
works as a healthcare actuary at 
Tillinghasf-Towers Perrin. Kate 
Robinson Hlllestad and John are 
expecting their first child in March. Kate 
is teaching third grade this year, and 
John is working on getting his MBA at 
VCU. I have been fortunate to attend 
two great mini-reunions this year! One 
was hosted by Allyson Cain at her 
home in Fairfax. The other was hosted 
by Kate Hillestad at her home in 
Richmond. As Joann Bogolin said, "We 
had a fun-due time!" It was great get- 
ting together with all of you! I was pro- 
moted this year to Project Manager for 
the BioProducts Division of Wako 
Chemicals USA. I am enjoying the new 
challenges and the traveling. Thanks 
everybody for sending your news and 
helping me locate several "lost" class- 
mates. Keep the email coming, fan- 


President: Suzanne Petrie Brady 
Secretary: Kimberley "Kimber" 

Hatter Ellis 
Fund Agent: Beth Hensley Martin 

I hope everyone has had a great 
year and here is the latest from our 
classmates Beth Robinson Dean had 
her second child on 06/18/00 - 
Alexandria Ann. She has opened her 
own landscape and design garden cen- 
ter with her husband and is still teach- 
ing third grade D'Andra Simmons 
started her own entertainment compa- 
ny and has directed her first film. It is 
entitled "Remembrance Rising" and 
will premier at the Sundance Film 
Festival. She is spending her time 
between Dallas and Los Angeles and 
recently went to Washington, DC. for 
Krlsten Walberg's baby shower 
Shelbie Filson moved into her new 
home and is still performing in theatre 
productions. Erin Katz Is currently a 
third year urology resident at the 
University of Chicago after finishing 
two years of general surgery at The 
Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Minnesota. 
Laura Rose Martin had a girl. Elizabeth 
Azalee, on 6/14/00. She keeps in touch 
with Emily Leming. Suzanne Petrie is 
still living in Waslnington. DC. working 
as a Senior Country Director of Inter- 
American Affairs for the Secretary of 
Defense. She travels a lot to Latin 
America and spends her free time 
training her horse. Signee Hoffman 
has completed her Chiropractic 
Neurologist degree and has been 
swimming ocean races in Santa 
Barbara, CA Allene Doucette has 
moved back to Virginia with her dog 
and is enjoying her freedom. Carlin 
McKenna Moroney and her husband 
are busy renovating their new house. 
They have two daughters, Ellen (6) and 
Hannah (4). Mamie Farmer Farley 
lives in Richmond. VA where her hus- 
band is a lawyer. They have a son, 
Miller, who is now 15 months old. She 
has visited with Elliott Pitts, Anne 
Crow Galanides and Dawn Monahan 
Nelson. Liz Hourihan is in her 2"' year 
of residency for family medicine in 
California. Penny Tadler is still in New 
York and teaches special education at 
the Mary McDowell Center. She has 
recently started teaching children's lit- 
erature and social studies at AdelphI 
University. She keeps In touch with Fie 
Carmouche Hill ('92), Carey Bates, Kate 
Haw (92) and Jill Fahy. Elliott Pitts 
traveled to Ghana this past year. She is 
producing her third musical, still writ- 
ing a weekly newspaper column, and is 
still in charge of fundralsing at the 
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in 
Portland, ME. She has seen Mamie 
Farmer Farley and Julie Brooks ('90). 
Mary Lanford Price and her husband 
have bought a house in Orange. VA. 
She is a newspaper reporter for the 
Culpeoer News . Leigh Matzdorf 

Chancier had a girl on 8/9/00, 
Alexandra Leigh, and lives in 
Philadelphia, PA Jen Kemper Wallis 
had a girl on 8/3/00, Tatum Adele, after 
32 hours of labor and a c-section. She 
is still an editor and her husband, 
Jeremy, is a network technician. Her 
sister is currently a student at SBC and 
loving it. Jennifer Gregg sees Jennifer 
Walcott ('90) and has been taking river 
trips on the Colorado River through the 
Grand Canyon. She is planning on a 
trip to Munich and Rome soon. Susan 
Spurrell bought a house this past 
January and keeps in touch with 
Melanie Duke, Amy Lemieux, and 
Krlsten Walberg Cathi Goslau is still 
working at Fortis Benefits Insurance, 
which has now moved to Washington, 
D.C. She keeps In touch with Jill 
Randies and Tammy O'Malley Fein. 
Sonia Haddad is enioying life as a 
homemaker and raising her two chil- 
dren. Her husband is practicing cardi- 
ology in Lincoln. NE. Paige Wright 
Phillips had a girl. Caroline, this past 
August and lives in Phoenix. AZ. She is 
a bilingual teacher and sees Stephanie 
Turner ('93) often. Ashley Quarrier 
Moran had a girl on 9/13/00, Meredith. 
She and her husband are still living in 
Minneapolis, MN and loving it. Kana 
Roess Goldsmith lives in Birmingham. 
AL with her husband and son. She has 
heard from Elizabeth Horsely and 
Brandi Beck Fowler ('90). Bonnie 
Dawson has been working as a 
reporter for a newspaper in 
Lovingston, VA, has started her own 
television show, New Adventures, and 
will be traveling throughout the country 
finding topics. Dawn Monahan Nelson 
and husband have just completed an 
addition to their circa 1925 home. Her 
daughter, Libby (5), just started kinder- 
garten and Morgan Jr just turned one. 
Laurel LeStrange is living in the 
mountains near North Carolina. By day 
she is a psychologist, running a private 
agency for persons with developmental 
disabilities and mental illnesses. By 
night and weekends she is a volunteer 
EMT She keeps In touch with Amy 
Lemieux and Melanie Duke Margo 
Ten Broeck was married on 9/25/99 to 
Hugh Calkin Amber Vellenga was 
maid of honor and Squiffy Walker was 
matron of honor. As for me. I am still 
living near Wintergreen. VA. My son, 
Danny-Boy, started kindergarten this 
year and loves it. I have heard from 
Connie Gehrman and Katherine Black 
('92) and would love to hear from any 
of my SBC classmates. You can call me 
at (804) 361-1827 or email me at . 

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Summer 2001 • 87 


President: Catherine Gornto Freeman 
Secretary: Kimberly Olmstead 

Fund Agents: Keely Sullivan Jurgovan 

& Margaret McClellan Driscoll 

Ann Vogel Swan and her husband 
are doing well. They bought a house In 
July and had just enough time to paint 
and get ready for the arrival of their 
son, Llam Jason, born 9/7/00. She Is 
planning on returning to work at the 
bakery where she has been working for 
the past 3 years, starting with week- 
ends. Kate Haw loves her job as cura- 
tor of exhibitions at the American 
Federation of Arts. She has been doing 
some great travel both for work and 
pleasure — recent trips to London, 
Madrid, and Florence, among other 
exciting places. She also is very hon- 
ored to be godmother to Christopher 
Euston (one of twin sons of Kimberley 
(VlcGraw Euston) and has lots of fun 
visiting those sweet little boys (and 
their parents!) in Westchester. Jennifer 
McCallum Fulton Is a realtor In Texas 
where she lives with her husband, a 
great horse and six greyhound dogs. 
They are currently working on finishing 
the renovations of their 1923 home. 
She keeps In touch with Amy Peck and 
All DIfton (93). Jennifer would love it If 
you would email her at Megan 
Spadaro Proffitt and her husband are 
expecting a baby boy on 3/9/01 . 
Meanwhile, she is teaching 2" grade 
and keeps up with Teresa Jones Hyatt, 
Kelly Brown Estes and Heather 
Metzler Allen Diana Bradford is still 
living In and loving New York. She Is 
working for the Estee Lauder 
Companies In the International 
Division. Her biggest news to report is 
her engagement to Mr Nicholas Walsh 
— with a wedding set for June 2, 2001 
In NYC Julianne Hanneken Linza had 
a big year with the birth of their baby 
boy James Foxx to whom their daugh- 
ter Caroline Is enjoying being a big sis- 
ter She sees Laurie Baker Knights (93) 
and her family often. Amy Peck 
Driscoll (where have I heard that last 
name before?) married Paul Driscoll 
(W&L) on Feb. 3" and moved to VA 
Beach Jaimie DelMonte Galbreath 
was her matron of honor She keeps In 
touch on a regular basis with Katie 
Miller Hennig, Jackie Geets, Keeley 
Sullivan Jurgovan and Kelly Gardner 
Being new to the town, she would love 
to hear from any alumni in the Virginia 
Beach area. Lori Saraniero has relocat- 
ed to the Northern VA area and has an 
exciting new job with Merck 
Pharmaceuticals. Marilyn Adams Is 
still at the U.S. Equestrian Team as an 
Associate Director In December she 
went to Diana Bradford's engagement 
party and saw Tracy Steele and her 

Kimberley McGraw Euston and her 

88 • Summer 2001 

husband Greg welcomed twin boys 
Alexander Gregory and Christopher 
James on October 15 . She resigned 
from JP Morgan for a position as a 
Director of Institutional Fixed Income 
and Currency Sales at the investment 
bank Credit Suisse First Boston In New 
York. Carrie Bake-Wong is now work- 
ing at General Motors In Market 
Research. Before starting this job. she 
and her husband traveled to Tibet, 
Nepal and Vietnam for a month. Other 
than that, she has been In touch with 
Ann Knoke (soon to be married), 
Kristina Glusac, Debra Elkins, and 
Joely Minutella Helherington (who 
has a 11/2 year old boy). She hopes to 
see more of you all at the next reunion. 
Lisa Newman Francisco and her hus- 
band George moved to San Francisco 
In June and enjoy easy access to great 
hiking, the wine country, skiing, etc. 
She Is not working right now, but Is 
doing other things like painting chairs, 
doing some decorating, taking cooking 
classes, meeting new friends, organiz- 
ing get togethers. She has kept up with 
quite a few from our class, and wishes 
she could see everyone more often. 
Kathy Hughes Is still In Blacksburg, VA 
finishing up her Ph.D. In aquatic animal 
medicine. She Is hoping to find a job 
where she'll be able to combine her 
veterinary degree and research experi- 
ence. She saw Stephanie Brundage 
Snasdell and her beautiful daughter 
Aiden. and Kyra Moolan in Miami last 
Spring. She also went to the Gator 
Bowl In Jacksonville, Florida (GO HOK- 
lES!) and saw Michael Hartman 
(HSC'91 )— he's also doing very well. 
Kathy also wants anyone who Is In the 
SW VA area to please feel free to look 
her up! Kasey Condy Duff married 
Richard Duff who was In Law School at 
W&L when she was a senior Since 
then she has had two children — 
Nicholas Condy Duff (6/18/99) and 
Emily Elizabeth Duff (12/7/00). She 
sold her import ceramics business In 
July and has stayed on to do some 
consulting. Tricia Pheil ran her first 
race of any kind and it was a blggle- 
the JFK 50 mile ultramarathon! She 
and her boyfriend finished in 13 hours 
and later took a week's vacation In the 
Dominican Republic to recuperate! (I'll 
say!) Leise Scheppe Hammer, her 
husband John and Jack (2 year old) 
are expecting a new addition to the 
family on April 15th. It will be another 
boy to be named Frank Macduff. They 
are still living in Tampa and are enjoy- 
ing it. Melinda Wick Is getting married 
on 6/2/01 with Nicole Gauthier (91), 
Claire Stapleton Batson ('91) and 
Donna Peters (91) as bridesmaids. She 
works with Nicole and Claire at Carlson 
Marketing Group and enjoys traveling 
the world. Kristina Glusac recently 
began working at a new architecture 
firm In Chicago — Lucien Lagrange and 
Associates— as a Project Architect. 
(Congrats!) Julie Bridesweser is get- 
ting married to Ed Wingard In 6/01. 
Judy Currie Is happily living In New 

York City for what she thought would 
originally be 2 years but has turned 
Into 9 years. She Is getting married in 
September and has recently started a 
new business called Soul School. It 
was created to help people Identify 
what they truly want In life and then 
create strategies to achieve their 
visions. She would love to hear from 

Janeime Asbury Brown graduated 
from dental hygiene school last spring 
and loves her new job. She has two 
daughters -Jaela (5) and Janell (21/2) 
and lives In GA. Elaine Barksdale 
Finucane Is enjoying Nashville as a 
residential real estate agent. Recently 
she and her husband. Michael, went 
duck hunting In MS with Leise 
Scheppe Hammer and her husband 
and Margaret Gibson. Laura Davis 
Fiochetta and her husband Joe moved 
back to the U.S. from Toronto and set- 
tled In Fairfax. VA. Laura works In 
advertising where she produces print, 
radio, and TV campaigns for hi-tech 
clients. Her most rewarding news to 
date is the birth of daughter Katherlne 
Ceclla (a.k.a Kasey) In 8/99. Margaret 
McClellan Driscoll Is settled in 
Williamsburg, VA and loves it. Sean is 
busy with First Union Securities as an 
asset manager and she is busy with 
McRae (2 1/2) while awaiting the 
arrival of baby #2 due 4/03/01. 
Margaret saw Jen Toomey Driscoll. 
Trienel Ahearn Hickman. Laura 
Arceneaux and Diana Bradford at 
Tracy Steele's wedding in FL in 
October Slacey Simpson is happy to 
report that she has a new job working 
for Intervet selling equine pharmaceuti- 
cals. Cricket Rabin Katalovsky and her 
husband Kirill are doing well and loving 
living in San Francisco. She keeps in 
touch with Katherlne Black and 
Jennifer Gregg and is looking forward 
to seeing Charlotte Bonini In the 
spring. Kyra Meelan Is still working In 
the family flooring business with her 
brother and father She got engaged on 
Christmas Eve to her boyfriend of 3 
years. Judd. They are in the process of 
buying 30 acres of land to build a 
house and a barn where she will keep 
her horse and hopefully buy a pony for 
her niece so she can come over and 
ride. Tracy Steele got married on 
October 21" to Kevin Steele In Palm 
Beach. FL. They are currently living in 
Wynnewood PA where they are both 
practicing law Catherine Gornto 
Freeman writes that life is hectic but 
fun with Charlotte (3) and David and 
Lawrence (1 yr). She saw Holly 
Caswell King and her little boy. 
Caswell, during a visit to Atlanta last 
fall. Susan Schmldhauser is an attor- 
ney with the Community Legal Aid 
Society in DE. She is looking forward 
to our 10-year reunion! Charlotte 
Bonini is living In Castine, Maine where 
she hopes to finish her Ph.D. Jennifer 
Toomey Driscoll and her husband 
Charles have relocated from Annapolis 
to Hagerstown. She stays busy enter- 

taining Kate (2 1/2) and is expecting 
baby #2 in mid 2/01. She loved seeing 
everyone at Tracy Steele's wedding in 
FL and Is looking forward to celebrat- 
ing with everyone again at Diana 
Bradford's wedding In 6/01. Suzie 
Georgi Is still working In downtown 
Detroit as a Property Manager Keeley 
Sullivan Jurgovan and her husband 
welcomed their son, Jon Hlllyer Into 
the world on 12/12/00. Amy Ghiz Is 
working in web development and com- 
munications analysis for BellSouth 
Business Systems. She is also taking 
classes at Georgia State and studying 
for the LSAT In October Ginger Marks 
Collier Is having a great time In 
Memphis and her 17month old daugh- 
ter Stuart, is wonderful. She spent a 
weekend In NYC In 9/00 with Elizabeth 
Roane, Ashley Cells Cavalier'SS, 
Maria Bergh'93, Bonnie lnsalaco'93, 
Hopie Carter and Beth James 
Longest'93 Kelly Brown Estes Is busy 
teaching second grade and being a 
mom to Benjamin (4) and Julia 
Katherlne (2). They are living In VA and 
she keeps In touch with Heather 
Metzler Allen and Megan Spadaro 
Proffitt Katey Miller Hennig has had a 
busy year at home caring for her 3- 
year-old son, Caswell. She and her 
husband are expecting their second 
child In 6/01. Kelly Arden moved to 
Atlanta in the summer of '99 and 
works full time In pharmaceutical sales 
for Schering-Plough Corp. She also 
keeps up her mental health license by 
working part-time doing Individual 
counseling focusing mainly on 
women's issues. Cathy Hindman is 
busy with her children Tabitha (8) Jack 
(5) and Andrew (15 months). She also 
works as a volunteer coordinator for 
New Covenant Schools where Tabitha 
and Jack attend. Amy Bingaman is In 
Idaho running an outfitting business. 
She and Matt recently bought a house 
near the business and are renovating It, 
hoping to be In it in 4/01. She would 
love to hear from you via email at Emily Ghiz has 
joined Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. 
out of Vermont as a member of the 
sales and marketing team. As for me 
and my life... Clay and I are having a 
blast playing with our daughter Lily, 
who was born 5/9/00. 1 am looking for- 
ward to coming to the Centennial Gala 
with my mother in law Aline Rex 
McEvoy ('65) and her cousin Emory 
Furniss Maxwell ('74). I love hearing 
from you all and putting this together 
for you. Have a good summer! 


President: Erica Q. Clayton 
Secretary: Mary-Linda "Molly" Morris 
Fund Agents: Mary C. Holmes, 
Elizabeth Thigpen Landry 

With the success of our reunion 
year behind us. we 94's are moving up! 
Without further ado, let's start: Kathy 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

May moved to Colorado to be an event 
coordinator for the Spectralink Corp. 
She and Alex Stewart made this cross- 
country trip In May. She loves CO and 
spent her summer hiking and camping. 
Kim Mounger Storbecit Is working as a 
reference librarian in Seattle. She and 
her husband Glenn just bought a house 
In Summer. WA. Lee McEactiern 
Collins saw Vinca Swanson and Patty 
Geets this fall. She and her husband 
Bob just finished renovating their 
house in Newnan. She's working In 
Atlanta and loves her job with WTP 
WTIVII. Linda Lombardo is teaching 6" 
grade English In Davidson, NC. She 
has her youngest as a student this 
year! Her other kids are In the 11" 
grade, and a sophomore at U1\IC- 
Charlotte. She and Tony are truly 
enjoying their new freedom as their 
boys are growing more Independent. 
Carlene Harper Summer is very happy 
with her real estate business. She and 
her husband went on a belated honey- 
moon cruise to the South Pacific and 
Tahiti. They hadn't had a chance to take 
time off in 2 years. Liz Homokl passed 
the VA Bar Exam and was sworn In on 
10/30/00. She Is a contract attorney at 
the Department of Justice 
Environmental Crimes section. 
Shannon Hetcel Dykes moved to 
Winston-Salem, NC so her husband 
Jim can get his MBA. She Is teaching 
part time at the same Montessorl 
school where Carter started In August. 
Laura Greene Silsbee and Mead are 
still in Park City, UI Laura was nomi- 
nated for Rookie of the year for real 
estate sales in Salt Lake City. She's 
busy, but looking forward to ski sea- 
son Greta Eustace Sullivan is living in 
Montclair, NJ. She and her husband 
have 2 little girls, and she sees Bonnie 
Insalaco Abrams '93 and her daughter 
for regular playdates. Amy Davis sub- 
mitted her Ph.D. thesis at University 
College London In Oct. She expects to 
receive her degree in 03/00 and now 
she's concentrating on finding an asst. 
professorship In film history. Maggie 
Daley recently returned from volun- 
teering in Tanzania for 6 months, work- 
ing with HIV and AIDS patients. She's 
on the east coast taking classes and 
plans to go back to school to be a 
naturopathic doctor Hopie Carter is 
still enjoying NYC. She's still in product 
design at Tiffany & Co. She spent her 
summer at the beach, where she saw 
Kirsten Osmundsen Boyd otten, and 
socializing In the city. She hosted a 
belated bachelorette weekend for Beth 
James Longest '93 and traveled to 
Jamaica for Camilla Puellcher's wed- 
ding to Jim Savin. Kim Clayton left 
Structure In NYC In 10/00 and moved 
to LA to work for Earl Jean, another 
clothing company She encourages LA 
area alums to contact her Tashie 
Curpier married Mike Whipple 5/13/00. 
Mike Is the ADA for Cumberland Co. 
Maine. Her bridesmaids were Hopie 
and Camilla. She received her M.A., 
now she's working on her Ph,D. In 

Public Policy and Management. Amy 
Biathrow Ross loves her job, and she's 
still painting watercolors and playing 
the violin. She enjoyed visiting with 
Beth Riccobono Shiftier over the sum- 
mer and seeing everyone at Erica 
Clayton Wright's wedding. Beth has 
started working towards her MA In 
Education, and is shocked that all of 
her classes fall semester were female. 
She and her husband Paul are still 
Immersed In boarding school life at 
Northfield Mount Hermon. Lorelei 
Bahret Mote is working In the Phoenix 
area as an Ultrasound Tech, and she's 
taking dressage lessons. Katie Blaik Is 
doing employment/labor law for a 
human resource compliance company 
that launched in 07/00. She bought a 
condo in OKC and has been dating a 
great guy since meeting him In law 
school 4 years ago. Robyn Barto Is the 
Asst. Director of Financial Aid at 
Swarthmore College outside Phllly. 
She's learning sign language and sings 
with the college chorus and orchestra. 
Lesley Byers married Jeff Bush 09/00 
In Denver Kelly Schmitt and Sarah 
Young '95 were attendants. She Is 
working for Alexander Ogiivy Public 
Relations. Heather Bayfield is still liv- 
ing in Jacksonville, FL. She's a Trust 
and Investment officer for SunTrust 
Bank. She lives about 5 minutes from 
work and a few blocks from the beach. 
Andrea Buck Is the head of Alumni 
Relations at the University of Bath. She 
Is planning a summer '01 trip to the 
west coast. She'd like to catch up with 
her SBC friends - her new email is . Meredith Aikman 
is living and working in Vietnam. She 
just finished her MA work from Tulane, 
and actually completed her thesis on 
the beach In Thailand. She will return 
to Bangkok In 11/00 to try to find a job. 
Lucia Marks Is working In Austin, TX 
where she is renovating a house she 
shares with her 2 dogs. She wishes we 
didn't have to go 5 years between 
reunions Stacey Eisenberg Payne and 
her husband David have moved to 
Watertown, CT She is teaching 5'" 
grade, and Davis is practicing with a 
local law firm. Heather Roby is work- 
ing In the education department of an 
Oakland, CA college as their Business 
and Industry Liaison, but misses 
teaching. She likes the Bay Area now, 
but will probably return to the east 
coast. Amy Ross Is teaching 2" grade 
In Memphis inner-clty schools. She's 
also an Independent math consultant 
for the Everyday Learning Corp. She 
hopes to be moving back to New York 
soon. Katherine Schupp was promoted 
to Project Archaeologist. She's been 
running public programs In archaeolo- 
gy for kids and adults In Colonial 
Williamsburg. You can catch her online 
at www.hlstorv.ora under 
Programs. She's planning to go to 
South Africa next summer. Kelly 
Schmitt traveled to Italy - spent 2 
weeks and didn't want to come back. 

She was also one of Lesley Byers 
Bush's bridesmaids. Vinca Swanson 

has been very pleased with the growth 
of women's lacrosse In the Northwest 
area. She's been coaching U of WA's 
team. She's still climbing, playing ulti- 
mate disc and Is still working for the 
law firm. Caitlin Sundby has started 
working as a web designer for 
ExpoExchange In Atlanta. She visited 
Betsy Lanard In Phllly over the sum- 
mer and went to Erica Clayton 
Wright's wedding Kim Szuszczewicz 
Snead moved with her husband and 
dog Into a new house 10/00. She's 
been competing In track events for 
Price Waterhouse Coopers in the 
Corporate Sports Battle. Lauren Van 
Tyle Bartolomei married an Air Force 
officer in the summer of '96 and has 2 
children, Isaac and Graham. She's liv- 
ing In Dayton, OH and Is doing free- 
lance writing for local newspapers and 
Christian charity organizations. 
Melissa Thomason O'Toole moved 
back to Warrenton, VA. Her husband 
Tim Is now flying for United Airlines. 
They had a daughter Marina 8/22/00 
and their son Conor is now 2. Allison 
Vollmer Douglass is In NYC working at as a Senior Group 
Producer She manages websites for 
Cosmo. Redbook, and Harper's Bazaar 
Marie Weil is teaching Psychology and 
Spanish at a community college in cen- 
tral PA. She keeps in touch with Birgit 
Slolle and Andrea Buck Alice 
Windham is setting up her own law 
practice in Gulfport, MS. Kelleigh 
Smith Sommer and her husband 
Richard had a son, Samuel Dean 
5/8/00. She's still working for Oberthur 
Gaming Technologies (they make 
scratch-off lottery tickets) In San 
Antonio. They are planning a fishing 
trip to Belize in 2/01. Jamee Briggs 
Thompson and John are expecting a 
baby 11/00. Enjoyed Erica's wedding 
and Courtney O'Dea's. Lori-Ann Harris 
Summers and her husband Paul had 
Jackson Keefe 8/9/00. Paul started his 
3" year of law school this fall and Lori- 
Ann enjoys being a stay-at-home mom. 
Elizabeth Jenkins Bush and her hus- 
band Matthew had a son. Clay Gordon 
6/9/00. They're having lots of fun with 
him. Courtney O'Dea Plaisted was 
married 8/26/00 in Boston. Lots of 
SBC'ers In attendance. They honey- 
mooned In Hawaii and now are living In 
Arlington, VA, She's working as a nurse 
In Fairfax and her husband Is practicing 
with a law firm In DC. Ashley 
Henderson married Jim Swigart 7/00 
on Daufuskie Island, SC. They'll be 
moving soon to Greenwich, CT where 
Jim just got a new job. Katherine 
Lindsay Auchter and her husband 
Davis are expecting a little girl 11/00. 
She's trying to get everything done so 
she can Immerse herself In parent- 
hood. Rebecca Nelson is still teaching 
at St. Andrews Sewanee In TN. She's 
keeping herself very busy there. Betsy 
Lanard is teaching music in the Phllly 
public school system, and she's taking 

evening classes to earn her 2"" mas- 
ters. She's been doing a lot of travel- 
ling and has more planned for 2001. 
As for me, Molly Morris, I am still a 
manager at Pottery Barn. I'm hoping to 
go back to school In the near future, 
but right now I love my job and really 
don't want to leave It. I |ust spent a 
great week down at my folks' house on 
Captiva Island, FL with 8 of my friends. 
We're hoping to make that an annual 
tradition. Thanks to everyone tor your 
great contributions to our class 
notes... you can always email me at and feel 
free to join our egroup at 
briar94 . 


President: Jessica Elaine John 
Secretary: Heather Lyn Roll Swanson 
Fund Agent: Charlotte Holland 
Prothro Philbin 

Anna Reilly Is living in Arlington, 
and still working as the scheduler and 
personal assistant for Senator John 
Warner Still flying with Continental 
Airlines out of Newark, Christine 
Patten Is learning Spanish and how to 
pronounce her new last name, 
Hundertpfund! She was married in 
April to a French Austrian man In 
California, and they have set up their 
home In Barcelona, Spam. In 
Washington DC, Daniela Ricci runs a 
volunteer service group, does the PR 
for the National Multiple Sclerosis 
Society, and plays in a local soccer 
league Gwen Hickey and Devin are 
still going strong, but our thoughts are 
with her as she goes through back sur- 
gery this spring. She hopes to recover 
in time to be In Bergen Hall's wedding 
in July. Beverley Stone who is current- 
ly teaching will also be in Bergen's 
wedding CeeCee Valentine Is still 
attempting to travel the globe by work- 
ing with Continental Airlines before she 
begins Law School next January. 

John and Stephanie Arnold Tookey 
are busy in Texas raising their baby girl 
Nora who Is almost a year old. Jill 
Goolsby is an Ensign In the US Navy 
based In Virginia. She's close to Lee 
Roman Winn In North Carolina. Lee. 
with husband Jason and babies Travis 
and Taylor lives on a Marine Corps Air 
Station In Havelock, NC. Jill Goolsby, 
Eleanor Dickson and Anna Hawthorne 
Henry went to visit. In Maryland, Leah 
Anderson Tidier is busy with a two- 
year-old son and a baby girl on the 
way. She frequently sees Harriette 
Bayse who Is the Director of marketing 
for a non-profit In MIddleburg, VA, and 
Gretchen Vida who lives in Tampa. 
Tysha Calhoun lives In Texas and 
works with Dell Computers. Holly 
Mifler Mallos married Paul (W&L '93) 
In Flesole Italy, and Cathy Cummings 
was maid of honor Back in the USA, 
she works In advertising. Erin Oney 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer 2001 • 89 

writes that she is living in DC worl<ing 
in the IT field with a fantastic 
boyfriend. In Boca Raton, Florida, 
Jennifer Wissman Rosenkraniz lives 
with husband David and her son Joel. 
Wedding Bells are ringing for Kara 
Dickey who is now engaged to James 
Moore. Bridesmaids next September 
will be Cat Ehlen, Liz Ounck Hayes, 
Catherine Orr Walters, Gretchen Vida 
and Stephanie Arnold Toohey In 
January, our own class president 
Jessica John wed Stephen Treatt 
Ponce, Jr Carson Sheppe, who is still 
in Atlanta, was a bridesmaid as were 
Meredith Williams, Eileen 
VonHerbulls and Monica Dennis. Also 
attending were Maren Howard Leggett, 
Lucy D. Bosworth, Buff Ramsey, 
Amelia Dunan, Katie Cambell, and 
Jeanne McCarthy. After just complet- 
ing her master's at UVA, Mary Gordon 
Gill is teaching and planning her own 
wedding. In New England, Tricia Lynn 
teaches math, works in Community 
Service, and coaches a girls soccer 
team that won the New England class 
C Championship in November 
Cattierine Orr married Stephen Walters 
and they now reside in Virginia where 
she is a project manager in the 
Interactive Marketing Department of 
America Online. They recently took 
their horses back to SBC for a Hunter 

Mary-Bird Schroeder Braun lives 
with her husband Jack and her dog 
Bedford and works as a web developer 
for ISProductions in Falls 
Church, Virginia. Katie Maxwell 
Schellhammer and Scott live in 
Alexandria, Virginia. After four years at 
the florists association, Katie moved to 
the National Restaurant Association 
where she manages the grassroots 
programs. She keeps the nation's 
largest private sector employer excited 
about government Molly Becherer 
Hasty graduated from the University of 
Louisville School of Medicine and is 
doing her residency in Pediatrics in 
Birmingham. She and her husband 
bought a new house and adopted a 
puppy Laura Swope Townsend is back 
after 3 1/2years in Germany. Her hus- 
band is now stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. 
While away, Laura had a baby boy with 
red hair and blue eyes who is now 16 
months old. In Amherst, Virginia, Lola 
Bailey works for the VA Department of 
Transportation. Next May Andie 
Thomas will graduate with a Masters 
of Science in Sociology and a concen- 
tration in Criminal Justice. She just 
became engaged to Terance Young and 
Jennifer Smith '96 will be her maid of 
honor Michele Goff wed Klaus 
Wisskirchen of Ramsey, New Jersey in 
the Blue Ridge Mountains. They honey- 
mooned in Spain and the Balearic 
Islands. Back in Lynchburg, she contin- 
ues to teach Spanish and coach cheer- 
leading and swimming. Kelly Hall 
began her PhD in English Literature at 
Florida State University after a summer 
of traveling through France and 

Germany Pilar Collier married Scott 
Brady in January 2001 and Shannon 
McCarlfiy was maid of honor Pilar 
now manages both the Houston and 
Dallas offices of the legal division of 
Kforce. com. Life is sailing along for 
Jennifer Gaudette Nelson who lives in 
Maine. She and husband Doug both 
work on destroyers built at Bath Iron 
Works. She attended Nancy Weigle 
and Jay Smith's wedding in Virginia. 
Heather Bond Grossman is raising two 
children, three-year-old Ashley and 
one-year-old Michael with her husband 
Mike in Manassas, Va. Amy Woods has 
moved back to DC from San Francisco 
where she and Peter Jarich bought a 
house downtown. Amy works for CARE 
and she and Peter are planning a May 
2001 wedding in Costa Rica. Kimberly 
Roda Moorhead works at the 
Information Technology Association of 
America as Vice President of 
Marketing. Kimberly and husband Tim 
plan to travel this summer after he 
graduates from Georgetown's MBA 
Program Courtney Huffman 
Whetstone teaches first grade while 
studying for a Masters in Reading. 
Courtney and husband Todd (UVA '94) 
have two kids, Mary Rachel, 3 and 
Todd Jr, 1 . The whole gang is going to 
Europe this summer In Boston, 
Catherine Ehlen does interior design in 
an architectural firm dunng the week 
and tries to ski every weekend. Kathy 
Whitby and Heather Aspinwall trav- 
eled Europe together last summer 
Kathy was promoted at the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond and now 
works in the President's office. Down 
in Miami, I, Heather Roll, will marry 
Eric Reardon of Boston on St. Patrick's 
Day 2001. I am currently competing in 
the Jumper divisions on the horse 
show circuit with my new partner, 
Jaxon. Sounds like all is well for the 
class of 1995. Start planning for the 
reunion in 2005. 


President: Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar 
Secretary: Dawn Everett 
Fund Agent: Allison Gerber 

This year finds us with more jobs, 
pets, homes, babies ... I hope all is 
well for all of you. 

Dana Bordvick is living in Amherst, 
VA running her own business with her 
partner Mark. They do graphic and 
illustration work and accounting. She 
has also been helping to develop the 
Amherst Co. Chamber of Commerce 
and writing articles for the Virginia 
Horse Journal. They have 2 dogs that 
enjoy walking at SBC and looking at 
the master plan in action. Tonya 
Grudier is still working at Oldfields in 
Maryland, but is looking forward to 
starting Masters work in Social Work in 
the fall of 2002. Tonya loves having 
Sarah Nolton in the area She moved 
to Baltimore this winter Tonya. Sarah 

and Bronwyn Beard were together for 
New Years Eve. Bronwyn is recruiting 
for Manpower in McLean, VA and owns 
her own house in Arlington. Katie 
Martin is still working at Modern 
Baking magazine in Chicago. Tonya 
also saw Melinda Brown this fall. She 
is at Shenandoah University working as 
their Assistant Director of Residence 
and thinking of Grad School for the fall. 
Tricia Mohana Summers and Brian 
moved from Corpus Christi, Texas to 
Virginia Beach, VA and bought a 
home. She teaches at a private elemen- 
tary school. Her sister is a freshman at 
Sweet Briar and is really enjoying her- 
self! Amy Stroupe moved to 
Kannapolis, I\IC in April 2000 and 
works as a policy issuance specialist 
for InServe Corporation in Charlotte, 
NC. Heather Thomas is still at Auburn 
University as the head TA for Human 
Anatomy Physiology She got engaged 
this winter to Jonathan Armbruster, a 
professor in Biological Sciences. Look 
for a spring 2002 wedding. 

Dana Woodbury is living in 
Gainsville, FL, with Lem Purcell (HSC 
'97), working m pharmaceutical sales. 
They have a black lab puppy Joanne 
Hopkins was a bridesmaid in Erin 
Wortley Valliere's wedding in 
December to Joe, along with Erikka 
Sund and Page Darney. I trained for 
the Blackwater Half Iron Man in June. I 
went to New York this summer with 
some friends to volunteer at Iron Man 
Lake Placid. Erikka Sund is m St. 
Francisville, LA. She is working for 
Enterprise Rental Cars and is a volun- 
teer firefighter Mary Ann Gheen 
Bennett married Tim (LC Grad) on 
5/6/2000 and they continue to live in 
Monroe, VA. They both teach at Nelson 
Middle School. Katie Rinehart got her 
Real Estate license and is working with 
her mother and living in Bend, OR. 
Darelle Pfeiffer is finishing her 3'° year 
at Temple University school of podiatric 
medicine. She saw Katie Gumerson '97 
when she was in Philly for the 
Republican convention and was able to 
see George W. speak. She also spoke 
to Britt Sheinbaum when she was 
home for a while from Japan. Britt is 
almost done with the JET program and 
has started looking for a job here in the 
US. Kindle Samuel is working in NY 
and stays busy 

Gretchen Gravley wrote with tons 
of news. She is still at SBC in the 
Admissions Office. Her travel territory 
is GA, AL. TX. and OK. Last fall she 
saw Deirdre Flannery in 
Atlanta. Deirdre works with Hewitt in 
Atlanta Shelley Shreve Oliver joined 
the Admission Office in the summer, 
Melissa Coffey Fitz is in the Alumnae 
Office, and Elizabeth Botea is in 
Academic Computing. Christina Cotter 
is still teaching 1'' grade at Tye River 
She also coaches Special Olympics 
basketball and soccer Isabel Jean 
Pierre is finishing her first year of law 
school at DePaul University in Chicago. 
She won the CALI Award in Civil 

Procedure (which means she earned 
the highest grade). Sandra Dittmer 
writes that she and Chris got engaged 
on Christmas MaryLea Martin Harris 
lives in Fairfax, VA with husband Geoff. 
They bought a house in July 2000 and 
painted every room. She lives very 
close to her job at Greenbrier West 
Elementary School where she teaches 
art to Kindergarten to Sixth grade. They 
have two cats Elly and Daisy Shelley 
Shreve Oliver and Jasper added a very 
energetic Chocolate named Bodie to 
their home at Sweet Briar, where she is 
working as an Assistant Director of 
Admissions. Joelle Jackson is in 
Murfreesboro, Tennessee at Middle 
Tennessee State University working on 
a degree in school psychology 

Courtney E. Morgan is living in 
Harrisburg, PA and is the Manager of 
Government Relations for the 
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified 
Public Accountants. She is also work- 
ing on her Master's Degree in Public 
Administration from Penn State, She 
sees Melissa Rickman, Emily Meger 
and Ashley Grosvenor and they got 
together in Savannah, GA where Emily 
is in school Andrea Sheetz McCarney 
is living in Chesterfield, VA with her 
husband and 2 dogs. She is teaching 
dance at a performing arts school and 
directs a dance company in Richmond, 
"Pipeworks." She talks to Anne Smith 
Culver, who has a daughter, and 
Melissa Rothwell Pembrooke 
Melissa is teaching piano in Killeen, TX 
and lives with Pete in Cooeras Cove, 
TX Anne Smith Culver and husband 
Brian (VMI '98) live in Wake Forest, 
NC. She is a full time mom to Beth 
Abigail, born in March 2000. 

Allison Gerber will graduate from 
Tulane Law School in May and plans to 
move to Washington. DC and sit for 
the bar this summer Jayme Calabrese 
Pomroy moved to Austin and took a 
job with Dell Computers. Heather 
Reynolds Cecil is living in Lynchburg 
again. She is a computer programmer 
with Centra Health. She was married 
November 11, 2001 in a small private 
ceremony to Mo. Serena Putegnat is 
finishing law school in Texas. She saw 
Angela Elliott Merrick and Cady 
Thomas at HSC for parents 
weekend. She also got to go the 
Inauguration and saw Cady and Susan 
Barney. Susan is still in Richmond, VA 
but now works for Allen Consulting, 
She went to the inauguration and saw 
Cady Thomas. And she is planning to 
go to Paris and London with Marnie 
Bales this summer Marnie and Kerry 
have a new home in Richmond with 2 
dogs. She is working as an assistant 
controller at Fahrenheit Technology 
Samantha Brodlieb has been working 
at the Prada USA corporate office in 
the press office since graduation. She 
sees Mary Friberg, whose office is 
actually next door to Sam's. Mary 
works in PR at the Susan Magrino 
Agency Mary, Hobby Holmes, and 
Sam still get together Sam also saw 

90 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Leslie Farinas, who is still in Spain at 
Med school Diana Jordan Avery got 

married 5/20/2000 to Brent Avery 
(W&L '95) and they live in Dunwoody, 
GA Kim Izquierdo and Chantel 
Bartlett were bridesmaids in the wed- 

Laura Fitton Pleper said a lot hap- 
pened this past year, but only shared 
that she is working as the Circulation 
Manager for "the" local paper. She is 
also a columnist for said paper. She 
lives in Perry, lA with her husband. 
Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett married 
Darrin in June 2000 and moved to 
Milwaukee. Wl. She is still teaching, 
now at Heritage Christian Schools. She 
still keeps track of close to 30 of us in 
her monthly letter. Charlotte Higglns 
writes that she is in the Second-Degree 
nursing program at UVA. She has been 
working as a nursing assistant at the 
Heart Center at UVA and she has been 
very busy Suzy O'Loughlln moved to 
Lawrence, Kansas last summer to start 
working on her Masters in Latin 
American Studies. She hopes to take 
an intensive Portuguese class in Brazil 
this summer and study in Costa Rica in 
the Fall. Catherine Zahrn finished up 
her 3 year dance program at the 
University of Hawaii in Manoa. She is 
planning to move back to the mainland 
to find work performing and teaching. 
Emily Virkus Calle married Dan (son 
of Prof. Calle) June 24. 2000 at Sweet 
Briar. Last October she was promoted 
to Software Engineer at Mitre. They 
now have 5 cats and a dog. She was 
Matron of Honor in Lesya Shroades 
Yeatmans wedding Cyndi Hague is 
working as a word processor for 
Bowser-Morner, Inc. a construction 
consulting firm. Still lives in Bowling 
Green, OH and when she wrote she 
was dating this nice boy named Dave. 

I am still teaching at Vernon 
Elementary School. This past year I 
took on Second Grade Literacy as well 
as Computer Technology classes. It is 
great! 2000 brought many changes. I 
moved into my own apartment in the 
early spring. During my summer play 
(Romeo & Juliet) I re-met Tony, a guy 
from my high school class, and decid- 
ed he wasn't so bad and we started 
dating. I also got a chance to visit 
Allison Gerber when she was working 
in DC. It is hard writing these notes in 
February knowing they won't be read 
until spring, but I hope you all enjoy 
them and keep in touch. Your next 
deadline is July 24 (mine is 8/1) so 
send me your latest and greatestM You 
can always find information at my web- 
site and the alumnae association page. 


Secretary: Alison Stockdale 

Amanda E. Jones is a residential 
counselor at the Barry Robinson Center 
in VA Beach and a tutor for an Upward 
Bound Program, Katie Wright is work- 
ing at a public relations firm called 
Creative Response Concepts as a 
Junior Account Executive. She is living 
with Jackie Hauslein in Lake Ridge, 
VA. Ashley Hill is living in Cambridge 
and working at an architectural firm in 
Boston. Ashley sees Emily McGregor 
who is also working in MA for Sapien. 
Cameron Theodores is in CA working 
for Nordstrom as an assistant to the 
Department Manager for Cosmetics 
and Fragrances. Dina Orbison is also 
in CA working at Disneyland and 
researching grad programs. Marlena 
Koper did field work in Lake Placid. NY 
last summer and is currently studying 
for the GREs. In June, Dina, Marlena 
and Suzanne Bollinger attended Kim 
Leach Berge's wedding to Christian in 
NC. Suzanne is working for Lockheed 
Martin Technical Operations in 
Springfield VA. as a Satellite Systems 
Engineer. Kristen Lawlor is living in 
Charlottesville and working as a soft- 
ware engineer. She sees Abby Schmidt 
and Heather Carson who live in the 
area. Heather was MofH at Amy Hess 
Snawder's wedding to Jared (VMI '00) 
on 5/21/00. Amy and Jared are cur- 
rently in Ft. Polk, L.A. Christine Bump 
and Lindsay Perkins were also brides- 
maids at their wedding. Christine is 
attending Emory U. for a joint degree in 
law and public health and is also 
singing in the Emory U. choir. Lindsay 
is working at I\lortheastern U. as an 
editorial assistant for the Journal of 
Physics and Chemistry of Solids. 
Evangeline Easterly was at the 
Snawders' wedding. She is in a gradu- 
ate program in the Biomedical 
Sciences at Vanderbilt. Elissa Pugh is 
also in Nashville, working at Barnes 
and Noble and taking a graduate 
school course. Benedicte Valentin is 
studying at the Institute of Political 
Sciences in Paris. Holly Wilmeth is liv- 
ing in the northern island of Japan with 
the JET program Shantel Branch- 
Fleming is in Belize attending medical 
school at St. Matthews University. 
Caroline Stark is at the Warburg 
Institute of the Univ.of London, doing 
her MA on the Renaissance and will be 
finished with that in September. Allison 
Davis is living in DC and working on 
her Masters of International Peace and 
Conflict Resolution at A.U. but lived in 
Brussels this summer working for an 
Irish member of the E.P Emily Pegues 
and Thea Okonak had a great summer 
at the VA Program in Oxford. Emily is 
now working for an internet/imaging 
CO. Kim Harden is attending U.MD for 
her master's in school counseling and 
is also a substitute teacher. Kim 
reports that Ginny Gilbert is in 

Syracuse getting her masters in Public 
Administration. Sarah Ogden is work- 
ing as Assistant Registrar at RMWC. 
Sarah and her husband Jim are expect- 
ing their second child in 1/00. Sarah 
Ponton IS teaching French and Foreign 
Language Exploratory classes at 
Fluvanna MS. Anne Torrence "Torrie" 
Camden is teaching 4" grade in Nelson 
Co, Brandy Cash is teaching 4'" grade 
as well at Tye River E.S. Melissa 
Fauber is teaching second grade at 
Pleasant View E.S. in Amherst and pur- 
suing her MA at UVA, Melissa also 
keeps in touch with Laurie Wood who 
teaches 4'" grade at Temperance E.S. in 
Amherst Elizabeth Hamshaw is work- 
ing for the Council of Independent 
Colleges in DC. Mandy Rice writes that 
she and Mini Manley have an apart- 
ment together in Louisville, KY and are 
having a lot of fun there. Vicki Zak is 
living in Reston, VA and working as a 
financial consultant for American 
Express Financial Advisors. Erin Wright 
is a systems analyst for SRA 
International, Inc. in Fairfax, VA, and is 
coaching a girl's soccer team. Alissa 
Harris is living in VA with Kris Harris 
'99. She is working for a computer 
software company called Inktomi doing 
marketing, advertising as well as 
administrative work. Lindsay Brooker 
is working for BAE Systems in MD as a 
software maintenance operator. 
Melissa Brown is at Greer Margolis 
Mitchelle, a media buying firm in 
Georgetown. Amanda Atkinson is an 
admissions counselor at Illinois 
College, living with Noah Smith and 
taking the GRE in Nov. Kate Straccia 
wanted to say hi. latum Webb is tak- 
ing it easy and waiting to hear back 
from the Peace Corps. Mo Robertson 
has been taking care of her mother 
who had surgery this summer. 
Elizabeth Rice Kinnamon is busy 
being a full time wife and mother with 
husband Justin and baby Ashlyn. 
Wendy Bramlett is living in MD and 
working as a corporate benefits sales 
rep and consultant for Great-West. 
Amanda Ankerman is also in MD 
working as a Contract Specialist for the 
Naval Air Systems Command. Amy 
Scott started graduate school in 
Charleston at the Medical Univ. of SC. 
She is in the Molecular and Cellular 
Biology PhD Program. Amy reports 
that Betsy Bagg moved to CA and is 
currently working for an agency that 
helps package and promote television 
shows Germaine Gottsche is learning 
about teeth down at the Univ. of MS 
where she started dental school. Tara 
Putegnat is attending the Univ. of TX. 
Andrea Fulgham is at Georgia State 
Univ. working on her MA in Sports 
Psychology and is assistant volleyball 
coach there Nicole Rodriguez started 
law school in August. Carol L. SkrilofI 
is living in NYC working for Salmon 
Smith Barney. Renee Dupre reports 
that she will soon be living in NC and 
is working in the oil business. 
Elizabeth Davis is living and working 

right outside of Raleigh, NC as a 
reporter for The Smithfield Herald. 
Josie Beets is working at EarthLink, 
Inc., as a Publications Production 
Coordinator in Member Services. 
Marilen Sarian is working as a Web 
Designer for IIAV and has been on the 
Discovery channel's "The Prosecutor" 
and "FBI Files" and is now engaged to 
Keith. This summer Lucy Brooks 
worked for Youth Ministry Resources 
in Panama City Beach, FL. She is now 
a nanny for two kids and working at a 
church part-time. Anne-Ryan Sinnott is 
working in DC as a teacher and keeps 
in touch with Kimberly Earehart Kibby 
Bryenton traveled throughout Europe 
this summer and just became engaged 
to Donald Cameron Fergusson. I also 
heard from Petrina Johns, Melody Dix, 
Mary Hawkins, Noelle Lotano, and 
Stephanie Peralta— email me if you'd 
like to hear what they are up to. 
Lindsey Custer is currently looking for 
a job after taking the summer off. Jessi 
Livingston is flying all over the country 
as part of an outreach program. 
Melissa Bellan is adjusting to boys in 
law school at SMU in Dallas. And I. 
Alison Stockdale, am working part- 
time in D. C. and volunteering for a 
local campaign. 

Sweet Brtor College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer 2001 • 91 

recent deaths 

ACAD Martha Steele 

Mrs. E. W. McNaghten 
Date unknown 

Dorothy Yates 1931 

Mrs. A. B. Frese 
February 21 , 2001 

1919 Doris Johnson 

Mrs. Henry Nagel 
October 31, 2000 

1924 Caroline Flynn 

Mrs. Caroline Flynn Eley 
October 15, 2000 

Cornelia Skinner 
Mrs. Cornelia S. Seay 
June 23, 1997 

1 925 Katherine Agard 
Mrs. Ralph Flewelling 
November 27, 2000 

Kathleen Newby 
Mrs. Thomas Q. McGee 
November 2, 2000 

MarySturgis 1932 

Miss Mary I. Sturgis 
March 10,2001 

1926 Louise Fuller 1933 
Mrs. Russell Otis Freeman 
January 9, 2001 

1927 Elizabeth Cox 

Mrs. Inman Johnson 
Date unknown 

Julia Reynolds 

Mrs. Julia R. Dreisbach 

January 13, 2001 

1928 Gladys Snyder 
Mrs. Glenn Weiland 
January 31, 2001 

1929 Kathleen Firestone 1934 
Mrs. Frank J. Carruthers 

Date unknown 

1930 Mary Burks 
Mrs. J. E. Saltz 
January 6, 2001 

Delma Chambers 1935 

Mrs. George M. Glazier 
Date unknown 

Mary Bruce Dailey 1936 

Mrs. Lewis C. Dawson 

Carolyn Martindale 
Mrs. Maurice R Blouin 
November 28, 2000 

Margaret Taliaferro 
Mrs. Richard Battle 
March 6, 2001 

Agnes Cleveland 1937 

Mrs. Glenn A. Stackhouse 
September 22, 2000 

Evelyn Hagler 

Miss Evelyn J. Hagler 

Date unknown 

MaryPearsall 1938 

Mrs. Jack W. Smith 
Date unknown 

Katharine Perry 

Mrs. Herbert A. Dorfeld 

Date unknown 

Anne Toole Rotter 1939 

Mrs. R. Carter Wellford III 
December 23, 2000 

Nancy Wilson 1 940 

Mrs. Walter R. Tarbert 
Date unknown 

Marjorie Ward 

Mrs. George H. Cross, Jr. 

January 10, 2001 

Emma Griffin 
Miss Emma Griffin 
December 29, 2000 

Alice Martin 1941 

Mrs. Thomas R. Cooper 
August 8, 2000 

Gertrude Raymond 1942 

Mrs. John S. Dempster 
March 18,2000 

Cotton Skinner 1943 

Mrs. William Vass Shepherd 
January 09, 2001 

Thelma Hanifen 
Mrs. Irvin Fried 
October12, 1999 

Dearing Lewis 1945 

Dr. Dearing Lewis 
November 22, 2000 

Frances Morrison 
Mrs. Warren T Ruddell 
December 16, 1999 

Martha Ake 1946 

Mrs. Robert C. Brouse 
March 12,2001 

Elizabeth Hartridge 1947 

Mrs. Elizabeth Hartridge 
February 7, 1999 

Corneille Moot 

Mrs. Corneille Strother 

December 21, 2000 

Faith Gort 

Mrs. Ferdinand J. Herpers, Jr. 

January 26, 2001 

Frances Johnson 
Mrs. James D. Finley II 
November 16,2000 

Denise du Pont 
Mrs. Carl A. Zapffe 
Date unknown 

Virginia Guild 

Mrs. Rupert M. Colmore, Jr. 

January 1 , 2001 

Ruth Harman 

Mrs. Arthur L. Keiser, Jr. 

November 16, 1999 

Ann Adamson 

Mrs. Adamson Taylor 

February 20, 2001 

Ruth Collins 

Mrs. John W. Henry 

February 6, 2001 

Margaret Constance Currie 
Mrs. R. Elliot Fleming 
April 5, 1999 

Anne Gayle 

Mrs. Edward N. Q'Beirne, Jr. 

February 6, 2001 

Diana Stout 

Mrs. Richard H. Allen, Jr 

March 20, 2001 

Janice Fitzgerald 

Mrs. James A. Wellons, Jr 

January 2001 

Nancy Jameson 

Mrs. Robert K. Glass, Jr. 

November 2, 2000 

Elizabeth Healy 

Mrs. Thomas N. Downing 

Date unknown 

Jeanne Jones 

Mrs. Robert F Grossman 

March 9, 2001 

Suzanne Criswell 

Mrs. Joseph J. Bornschein 

March 8, 2000 

Justine Arnold 

Mrs. Edward M. Linforth 

January 26, 2000 

Eunice Coe 
Miss Eunice Coe 
June 28, 2000 

1948 Patricia Jenney 
Mrs. Henry L. Nielsen 
July 6, 2000 

1949 Mary Virginia Grigsby 
Ms. Mary Virginia Mallett 
April 3, 2001 

Sally Searle 

Mrs. Robert L. Clarke 

February 1 , 2001 

1953 Mary Love Cafes 
Mrs. J. E. R. Hayes II 
March 19,2001 

1954 Joan Chamberlain 
Dr. Joan Engelsman 
March 14,2001 

1 957 Clare Harrison 

Mrs. Michael Harvey 
February 1 , 2001 

1960 Elizabeth Quaile 

Mrs. Stephen C. Clement 
November 7, 2000 

1962 Carol Worboys 

Mrs. Edward C. Johnson 
January 30, 2001 

1964 Barbara Doty 

Mrs. Barbara Doty Miller 
January 9, 2001 

1970 Elizabeth McKee 

Mrs. Douglas S. Werlinich 
December 19, 2000 

1985 Lynne Toombs 

Miss Lynne Toombs 
October 23, 2000 

If you wish to write to a member 
of ttie family of someone recently 
deceased, please contact the 
Alumnae Office for name and 

92 • Summer 2001 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


First Recipients of Irene Mitchell Moore 
Endowed Scholarship for CCR Named 


Lauren Friend "03 of Cathedral City. CA and Sherry Forbes "02 of Madison Heights. VA. are the first 
recipients of the Irene Mitchell Moore Scholarship to benefit students of the Center for Civic Renewal 
at Sweet Briar College who intend to pursue careers in public service. Mrs. Moore also endowed a gener- 
al scholarship for the College for a total $500,000 gift. 

The merit scholarship is designed to support students enrolled in economics, international affairs 
and/or histoid at the Sweet Briar College Center for Civic Renewal, with a goal of fostering the habits of 
effective citizenship engagement. It was recently endowed by alumna Irene Mitchell Moore '42 of 
Greensboro. NC. a longtime friend of the College. Mrs. Moore's daughter, Warren Moore Miller '72, is 

the author of Mountain Voices: A Legacy of the 

'These scholarships 
truly represent a 
magnificent gift. 
They will benefit 
well-prepared young 
women for 
generations to come. 


Blue Ridge and Great Smokies, a portrait of this 
unique pocket of rural America in photographs 
and stories. 

"These scholarships truly represent a mag- 
nificent gift." said Sweet Briar President 
Elisabeth Muhlenfeld. "They will benefit well- 
prepared young women for generations to 

Sherry Forbes '02. is a graduate of Amherst 
County High School. An international alYairs 
and economics double major, she entered Sweet 
Briar as a sophomore after spending her fresh- 
man year at the U.S. Air Force Academy. As a 
junior, she participated in Sweet Briar's Junior 
Year Abroad in Oxford Prosram. She has been 

active m varsity tennis. 

Lauren Friend, a rising junior, is pursuing a double major in history and international relations with a 
Spanish minor. She will study this fall at a foreign policy symposium at American University, 
Washington. D.C.. participating in internship programs through Sweet Briar College. She holds a pert'ect 
4.0 academic average in her majors. 

As an electoral officer of the College's Student Government Association in fall 2000, Lauren was 
instrumental in creating and implementing Sweet Briar's first-ever online student election. 

"The Center for Civic Renewal was thrilled to receive news that Irene Mitchell Moore had endowed a 
scholarship for students majoring in history, economics, or international affairs, who were participating in 
the Center's curriculum. Ms. Moore's generosity reminded us that Sweet Briar College has long been 
committed to civic engagement. Lauren Friend and Sherry Forbes, the first winners of the Moore 
Scholarship, are outstanding examples of the College's contributions to renewing our civic culture, both at 
home and abroad." said Carter Glass Professor of Goxernment Barbara Perry, director of the Center. 

Sherry Forbes 

Lauren Friend